MIT Engineers Create Injectable Synthetic Blood Clots to Halt Internal Bleeding to Save Lives

By: | April 30th, 2023

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Post-traumatic bleeding is the leading cause of potentially preventable death among trauma patients. This kind of blunt trauma causes blood vessels inside the body to be torn or crushed either by shear forces or blunt objects.

Internal bleeding is difficult to detect and treat!

Blood loss from traumatic injuries worldwide is responsible for more than 2.5 million deaths annually. It’s critical to stop the bleeding as soon as possible until a patient can reach a hospital after a traumatic injury.

A team of MIT researchers has now developed synthetic nanoparticles that may be injected into the body to stem internal bleeding.

The technology mimics the body’s natural clotting process. It may help keep severely injured people alive till they are treated in a hospital.

The researchers experimented on mouse models with internal bleeding.  They found that the system was extremely effective at stopping bleeding. It was twice as efficient compared to the previous versions.

There is still plenty of work left to do before this intriguing technique could be used in the clinics.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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