The XSTAT 30: A Brief Analysis

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For many years, military men and women have died due to a gunshot. The problem is, men and women could have lived if it was not for the amount of blood loss. The United States loses so many of our military men and women every day to bullets; a number of lives lost does not stop with war. The United States has had over two hundred school shootings since 2013, which averages to about one shooting a week. Imagine, the families that had to bury their child or children over a bullet? There are horrible incidents where kids have found their father’s gun and have played with the gun thinking it was a toy. Within seconds of time, the child has either A) blasted themselves or B) shot the other sibling or friend that was playing with them. Every single …show more content…

XSTAT 30 was designed to be put in places where a tourniquet could not go and last up to four hours. Between 2001 and 2011 there was statistically nineteen percent of combat fatalities who died from blood loss. Some of these deaths could have been prevented because they were hit in places where the XSTAT could have controlled the hemorrhaging. The way that XSTAT was intended for was temporarily use for up to four hours so that the patient had enough time to receive surgery. The online website called “RevMedX” explains what XSTAT purpose is for. “RevMedX” expresses, “XSTAT works by injecting a group of small, rapidly-expanding sponges into a wound cavity using a syringe-like applicator. Each sponge contains an X-ray detectable marker. In the wound, the XSTAT sponges expand and swell to fill the wound cavity within 20 seconds of contact with blood. This creates a temporary barrier to blood flow and provides hemostatic pressure” (Xstat). As stated, the XSTAT has “X-ray detectable markers” inside, which these will help the Surgeon who is working on a patient confirm complete surgical removal (RevMedX, Xstat). Another unique aspect of this medical device is that inside XSTAT is something called “chitosan.” Chitosan is a medical feature that is also put into Band-Aids to reduce bleeding as an antibacterial agent. In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration approved XSTAT to be used by civilians. “The FDA cited research by the US Army showing that 30% to 40% of civilian deaths from traumatic injury result from hemorrhaging, often before the patient reaches the hospital” stated from Robert Lowes on

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