Fill Me Up: DARPA's Body-Filling Foam To Save Lives

December 12, 2012


So some DARPA robot stabs you in the gut, what are you gonna do? ANSWER: Get pumped full of some DARPA Wound Statis foam to apply pressure to the wound, slow the bleeding, and save your life. DARPA: Monopolizing both sides of the robotic apocalypse.

A foam-based technology has been developed which is designed to fill in the spaces in an injured victim's abdominal cavity, creating pressure in the voids, and substantially reducing blood loss from internal bleeding. In fact, early tests have shown a six-fold reduction in blood loss, and a dramatic increase in 3-hour survival rates from 8 percent to 72 percent.

The foam is injected into the patient's abdomen using a two-part compound that expands when mixed together. The foam then conforms to the inside of the body cavity, slowing internal bleeding. Once the patient can be stabilized at a hospital, the foam can be removed by a surgeon.

I know it sounds weird, but I doubt you're going to be complaining about some gut foam if you're seriously bleeding out. Hell, you could stuff me full of penises for all I care, I just don't want to die. "You should get that on a medical bracelet." Maybe I will!

Hit the jump for an explanatory video.

Thanks to Travis, who told me he'll have to be packed with Styrofoam peanuts if he gets stabbed because he doesn't have health insurance.

  • John Richard Cox

    ...wondering what effect it has on the diaphragm. seems it would make breathing kind of hard to do...

  • ZomBBombeR

    Glad I'm not the only one who thought about that.

  • Rhinostic

    I hope they also develop some non-toxic wash or maybe a liposuction type sonic wand to remove this stuff quickly and safely. Your organs need room to operate; think of that next time you eat a big meal.

  • disqus_rQxDFG8gFH

    Bio-foam from halo anyone?

  • Toastrider

    Sure looks like it.

  • Blinghamstar

    I'm really curious about its removal by a surgeon... so, like, they shop-vac it out, or... ? Also, what happens if they miss some?

  • Matthew Little

    I'm going to guess the plan is to dissolve it harmlessly. That things too big to pull out reasonably.

  • Asa Hendrick

    So basically you'll feel and look like this guy haha

  • Hah, same stuff that they inject into Romeo in Halo ODST

  • n_a_a_s

    Im curious if it expands enough were it could be ingested in compressed pill form as an appetite suppressant

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    ...or penis enlargement

  • luxlucetintenebris

    Who do they test this stuff on? lol

  • Why does this seem like something invented by Dr. Nick Riviera?

    "H'okay, so, for my new product, saving lifes is easy! Just take de patient's belly, stick dis thingy in here, stick de other thingy in here, hit de switch, and de patient BLOWS UP! .... h'oh dear..."

  • Tyler AitchKay

    It's just like that shit in Serenity!

  • John Goodson

    Fix-a-flat for humans?

  • ZomBBombeR

    Perddy much.

  • That's going to feel weird when it expands :S

  • Russ

    It's about damn time.

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