The sweeping effects of this man-made creation called technology have changed the world forever. Almost every major sector has seen a generational shift which can be put down as a ripple effect of this phenomenon. There can be a million debates about whether it is good or bad on a holistic level, but the truth is technology has integrated itself into our lives in such a deft manner that it now feels like an indispensible part of ourselves. A testimony of this could be how technology has managed to slip between small and intricate areas of our routine, and how it is pretty much controlling our days from these said areas. Nowadays, we encounter the by-products of this revolution at every step, and we get past them without giving so much a thought. It has now become largely about what’s next up in the pipeline and how it’s going to help us. This pattern is very much apparent in the medical sector as well. If we are to quantify the overall effect of technology on a particular field, then medical sphere is almost locked-in to get one of the top spots. After all, it has seen its fortunes changing drastically once all sorts of devices for diagnosing and treating a patient started to pour in. Nevertheless, this profusion of advanced methodologies misses certain points, and now there is a sticking need to bridge the gaps and create a more comprehensive healthcare environment. Luckily, steps are already being taken to get there. The world recently learned about a device named REACT, created by a student at Loughborough University, UK, that is designed to quickly stop bleeding from knife stabbed wounds.
It is a known fact that a stabbing victim can bleed to death within 5 minutes, a timeframe which is sometimes not big enough for an ambulance to arrive. Hence, Rapid Emergency Actuated Tamponade (REACT) will provide the prompt bleed prevention treatment, boosting the victim’s survival chances.
The device will basically work with a medical-grade silicone sleeve called tamponade getting inserted to the wound first. This tamponade will be connected to a handheld device called actuator, which will inflate to the required level of pressure to prevent internal bleeding.
“The simple application and automated inflation procedure of the REACT system makes it a game-changer for first responders.” said Joseph Bentley, the creator of REACT.