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Trauma Treatment From The Sea

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February 22, 2001
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A new trauma dressing made from marine micro-algae is designed to stop hemorrhaging by inducing blood clot formation in seconds. Called the "RDH Bandage" (Rapid Deployment Hemostat), it stops bleeding by causing red blood cells to form a plug as they come into contact with the algal compound.

Ever since Nimrod first routed his enemies on the field of battle, soldiers have dealt with bleeding and blood loss in the time-honored, traditional way - with gauze, tourniquets, pressure, even red-hot cauterizing irons - all with the hope that the body's natural clot-forming ability would take charge and stem the flow of blood. But even today, the percentage of battlefield deaths due to uncontrollable blood loss remains at 50 percent - a statistic that has not changed since the Civil War. Although there has been a reduction in mortality for those injured persons reaching full medical care, many casualties die before ever arriving at a triage unit.


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