Hydrogel saved the lives of wounded soldiers

Wounds taken by soldiers on the battlefield are particularly dangerous, because in field conditions they are difficult to deal with. Texas A & M University and MIT researchers, however, have managed to develop a special hydrogel that significantly increases the chance of survivors.

The combined efforts of both universities have succeeded in developing a biodegradable gelatin which, when injected into the wound, speeds up coagulation of blood while preventing internal hemorrhaging and bleeding. In laboratory tests, the substance developed as much as 77 percent accelerated blood clotting and although the hydrogel is still at a very early stage of development, the first results are already promising enough that the substance may become very useful in the future.

It is also important that, unlike other solutions of this kind, where the used substances can get to other parts of the body and create potentially harmful clots, there is no such risk. Importantly, the application of the material does not require any pressure, so it will not affect other treatments such as patches or stitches.

Soldiers equipped with special medical packages, if they were wounded, could very quickly stop bleeding, thereby gaining more time to reach the hospital.

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