A New, Simple Tool for Traumatic Bleeding

A New, Simple Tool for Traumatic Bleeding

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Dec 24, 2013, at 9:51 pm


Dr. Dennis Filips, a trauma surgeon for the Canadian Navy, earned the top innovator award at last week’s Life Science and Health Care Ventures Summit for his medical clamp design that stops traumatic bleeding. He was inspired by a simple hair clip after three tours in Afghanistan.

“It wouldn’t matter if you were a medic or soldier, this idea is just simple, and anyone could self-treat or treat a buddy within seconds of the injury,” Filips told the the Edmonton Journal.

Filips firm, Innovative Trauma Care, based in Edmonton, reports that it hopes to allow medics, soldiers, and first responders to improve the treatment of some of the most avoidable causes of traumatic deaths: massive bleeding, tension pneumothorax (cardiovascular compromise resulting from a collapsed lung), and airway obstruction.

While the clamp may not work as efficiently as the tourniquet, it will be beneficial for smaller, cleaner wounds and for those in places where the tourniquet won’t work, such as the neck, torso, and groin. The device, due to hit the market in many countries later this year, can be stocked in both civilian and combat ambulances and hospitals. Although it won’t prevent internal bleeding, it can stay in place for hours until surgery can take place.

To read the full article, go to CNET

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.thompson@advmedcert.com

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