A bunch of tiny sponges could change the way first responders treat gun victims and wounded soldiers.

Oregon-based startup RevMedx designed the XSTAT 30, a syringe-like device inject blood-absorbing sponges into a wound, sealing it in less than a minute, as reported by Popular Science. The FDA approved the device for civilian use in a press release on Dec. 7.

When medics respond to gunshot victims, the goal is to keep the patient alive until they can be properly transported to a treatment center. The way they do that is by treating the bullet wound with gauze and applying pressure. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes deep in the body, and keep pressure on the wound. Read more…

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A syringe with tiny sponges can seal a gunshot wound in seconds