A new portable treatment for internal injuries may soon be available to reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots in other areas of the body. Using nanotechnology, Case Western University researchers have developed tiny disc-shaped particles similar to synthetic platelets that promote coagulation at the wound site. Made of the same polyester spheres used in dissolvable sutures, the discs attach to the patient’s own platelets in order to enhance clotting at the site of injury. In lab tests on rats, the technology has been proven to stop internal bleeding more efficiently than donated platelets.
(Source: American Chemical Society)