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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:47 AM

Battle wound foam secures Pentagon funding

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20693705


The foam could increase the survival chances of troops wounded on the battlefield


Researchers working on a foam designed to limit internal bleeding of soldiers injured on the battlefield have received $15.5m (9.6m) from the US military to continue their work.

The foam is formed by two liquids, injected into the body, which mix, expand and harden to create an internal dressing.

Arsenal Medical's product is funded by the Pentagon's Darpa research unit.

One UK surgeon said it could help those far away from a medical facility.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:52 AM

1. Maybe this could help victims of car accidents, etc. too.

I wonder if they then have to remove the foam or if it is biodegradable?

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:07 AM

2. The answer to your question is further down in the story...

"The firm hopes that the polyurethane polymer foam will help control internal bleeding for at least an hour, increasing the survival chances of troops wounded on the battlefield.

Polyurethane foams are already widely used inside the metal and plastic walls of refrigerators or for thermal insulation.

Once a wounded soldier is transferred to receive proper medical attention, the foam can be easily removed in minutes in a solid block."

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