(Modern Survival.org) – Wounds are an unfortunate fact of life. While most injuries don’t require much more than a basic first aid kit, there’s always a chance that a more severe injury is right around the corner. No one wants to think about being shot, stabbed, or suffering shrapnel wounds, but being prepared to handle such an injury could mean the difference between life and death.
How can an ordinary person survive such a life-threatening injury? Enter: the Xstat, a battlefield first aid device that is now available to non-military civilians.
Time is Vital
Often, the key factor in saving a severely injured individual is time. A wound that is hemorrhaging, or losing large amounts of blood, can prove fatal in a very short span of time. While tourniquets are a great way to slow down the blood loss, not every wound happens in an area of the body which allows for this. A gunshot to the torso, for example, would not allow for the use of a tourniquet. So what can be done to slow the blood flow here, and potentially save a life?
About the XStat
Originally approved by the FDA for military use, the Xstat is a syringe-like hemostatic tool filled with pill-sized sponges that expand when injected into a wound. According to RevMedX, the company that developed the Xstat, once injected the product will stifle blood flow from a wound for up to four hours. This provides critical time for medical professionals to transport the injured individual to a medical center for surgery.
While there are regions of the body that Xstat should not be used on, such as the abdomen, RevMedX does offer a training course on how to properly use the device.
Although gunshot wounds and knife lacerations may not be common injuries, there are plenty of similar wounds that Xstat could treat (after automotive accidents, for example).
Embracing the preparedness lifestyle includes being ready to save a life at any given time. This is why having first-aid gear and knowledge is so vital. You never know when you could be called on to save a loved one’s life — or your own.
To see an example of when having the proper knowledge could save someone’s life, check out our article here.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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