A patent-pending invention from the start-up RevMedX is directly addressing this deadly concern. Called XStat, the gadget's almost poetically simple: It's essentially a giant syringe filled with small sponges that expand when injected into a wound. As the sponges grow, they apply enough pressure to help stop bleeding.
According to RevMedX's website, XStat is intended to be used for a maximum of four hours, as a stopgap measure until the patient can be transported to a hospital and taken into surgery. The sponges are then removed — each contains a marker that is visible on X-ray to ensure none is left behind.
While XStat sounds like a miracle fix, the device is still in its early stages — and, it's not fit for use on injuries in many parts of the body, including the abdomen and chest cavity. Still, trauma experts are cautiously optimistic that this tool could be a game-changer for treating patients in the field. Kinda makes your grungy dish sponge look like an underachiever, doesn't it?