New Seaweed ‘Injectable Bandage’ Has The Potential To Stop Internal Bleeding In Less Than 3 Minutes

New Seaweed 'Injectable Bandage' Has The Potential To Stop Internal Bleeding In Less Than 3 Minutes

Scientists and researchers are working on an injectable bandage that’s created from a common ingredient and nanoparticles. This compound has the ability to stop bleeding extremely fast, and it can also help wounds heal quicker.

Whenever an individual is wounded, the bleeding is not always only on the outside. There can be internal bleeding as well, and this needs to be addressed as quickly as possible.

For the past few years, researchers and scientists have been working on all kinds of materials that can quickly plug a wound. Obtaining the same effect more profound in the body remained an ongoing challenge.

An injectable bandage was just invented

A team of biomedical engineers from Texas A&M University discovered a new injectable bandage that is made of a seaweed-derived gelling agent. It also includes two-dimensional clay nanoparticles.

These compounds form a hydrogel which is highly absorbent, and it has a really high water content that can work as a wound dressing.

The team explained in their study that “Injectable hydrogels are promising materials for [..] internal injuries and bleeding, as these biomaterials can be introduced into a wound site using minimally invasive approaches.”

Exquisite results, boosted with nanosilicates

During previous studies, experts have discovered the fact that hydrogels can be boosted with nanosilicates. These are small clay-based particles that enhance the gel’s structure by forming a frame and basically transforming it into an injectable bandage.

The team tested it in the lab on both human and animal tissues, and the result was terrific. The nanoparticle-infused hydrogel managed to kick off blood clotting in less than three minutes.

‘An ideal injectable bandage should solidify after injection in the wound area and promote a natural clotting cascade, stated biomedical engineer Akhilesh K. Gaharwar from Texas A&M.

Another impressive result was the enhanced tissue regeneration and quicker wound healing. So far, the compound has not been tested on human wounds, but its performance so far has been more than promising.

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