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Man’s Life Saved by ‘sand’ poured into his wounds

Being a powder, QuikClot can be poured into any shape of wound, but if it is to be used more widely it cannot harm those it treats. Researchers Galen Stucky and Todd Ostomel at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who are collaborating with Z-Medica, have found a way to tune the material to control the amount of heat it releases. They have also learned that there is much more to how the substance accelerates clotting than just water absorption, and are using this knowledge to develop a new generation of materials that work even faster and should prove more acceptable for civilian use.

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