Researchers at UBC have created a powder to stop critical bleeding and it could save lives.
Biochemistry professor Christian Kastrup says the usual methods to stop bleeding when it originates inside the body, like after child birth, hasn’t been very effective.
“I think this is the new way of delivering coagulants that can get it further into the wound and can clot blood at the damaged vessels, which are typically far from the surface of the wound.”
“Severe bleeding, I think is an issue that everyone can relate to in some way, but it’s actually a huge killer, particularily of young people world wide, so there is a wide range of major issues that are related to bleeding.”
As far as the science behind it, the micro-particles release carbon dioxide gas and propel the particles toward the source of the bleeding.
Kastrup says the material could start being used in hospitals within two years.