(KPTV/CNN) – A start-up company in the Portland, OR area has developed a new technology to treat gunshot wounds.
The product is called XStat and it's an applicator filled with dozens of tiny sponges.
Device creator RevMedx says it's injected into the open would of a shooting victim, for example.
The company says the little sponges stop the bleeding in less than 15 seconds.
Vice President John Steinbaugh says RevMedx primarily develops products for military medics and emergency services providers.
"After multiple rotations in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was always the same complaint from the guys, we need better products that control hemorrhaging," Steinbaugh said.
If approved, the sponges would replace gauze.
The company says it expects the FDA to approve the new product sometime in the next few months.
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