Hair Clip Inspires Device That Clamps Down Traumatic Bleeding

After three tours in Afghanistan as a trauma surgeon for the Canadian Navy, Dr. Dennis Filips was inspired — by a simple hair clip — to design a medical clamp that can stop traumatic wound bleeding in a matter of seconds. Filips’ firm reports that its aim is to allow medics, soldiers, and first responders to better treat three of the most preventable causes of trauma deaths: massive bleeding, tension pneumothorax (cardiovascular compromise resulting from a collapsed lung), and airway obstruction (blockage of the upper airway). Filips says he envisions his clamp being stocked in both civilian and combat ambulances and hospitals.

(Source: CNETNews)

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