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.

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