New Trauma Foam Stabilizes Critically Wounded Soldiers, Patients

By: | February 3rd, 2016

Dr. David King Trauma Foam

Dr. David King Trauma Foam (Image Couresy www.massgeneral.org)

Cutting Edge, Revolutionary Science & Medicine

Dr. David King, a trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, a former army medic, has treated soldiers in war zones and patients severely injured at home such as the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Dr. King, along with Arsenal Medical, a maker of medical materials from Watertown, MA, has developed a “trauma foam” that is applied with a caulking gun like device. The foam buys time by stabilizing a patient for a couple hours until s(he) can be transported to a surgery center. Survival rates improve dramatically when surgeons are able to do their work.

Dr. David King Trauma Foam

Dr. David King Trauma Foam (Image Courtesy www.massgeneral.org)

How Trauma Foam Works

When a soldier, for example, is hit by a roadside bomb and internal organs are damaged, application of the foam via injection fills the body cavity and organs with life stabilizing foam. The foam enters the patient’s body as a liquid but then expands to cover injuries and in the process stop bleeding. Once a patient reaches the operating room, the foam is easily removed.

Dr. King and Arsenal Medical are finding the foam can be used for a wide variety non-military injuries such as those typically encountered in car accidents, gunshot wounds, stabbings, and the like.

The following video is an interview with Dr. King about his new medical breakthrough.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys research and writing about cutting edge technologies that hold the promise of improving conditions for all life on planet earth.

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