Wow, This Incredible Gel Stops Bleeding Instantly

This is either some sort of magical sorcery, camera trick or freaking awesome science-fiction technology coming to real life. The Veti-Gel is a substance that can be applied to a wound and stop the bleeding immediately. It's insane how fast it works.

Watch the video above to see Veti-Gel in action (don't if you're squeamish about blood). It's shown working on a pork loin that's being pumped with blood. You can see blood spilling out of the loin when the cut is made and then suddenly stop once the gel is applied. This is Mass Effect in real life. How does it work?

The Veti-Gel was created by New York University student Joe Landolina, who used plant polymers to instantly seal up open wounds. Basically, his synthetic creation links up with the human body, reassembling that feels and acts like skin. What's even better is that Veti-Gel also helps the healing process too. Landolina told Humans Invent:

"It works in three ways," says Landolina. "The first way is it works as a tissue adhesive," he explains. "It actually holds its own pressure onto the wound so you don't have to do it. Secondly, when it touches the blood, it does something called activating Factor 12."

This activates fibrin, which is the polymer you need to make a blood clot, explains Landolina. "Finally, it activates platelet cells." The gel causes these to bind to the fibrin, causing a tight seal.

The gel basically mimicking what the human body does but at a much faster rate. Landolina has been talking to the military about the Veti-Gel as they have an obvious interest. He expects clinical trials to begin within a year and a half. Read more about the fantastic healing gel here. [Humans Invent via BoingBoing]

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    It looks to me, that blood has run out in that piece of meat.

    That is pretty amazing.

    Pretty gross, too.

    I remember reading about similar things many many years ago.
    Hopefully it can get to the stage where it's in everybody's first aid kit, far better than bandages.

    That is amazing, it should be marketed towards first aid kits especially in factories where there is a high risk of serious injury.

    This, if it works the way they showed in the video could give you some vital time to get to a hospital for proper treatment.

    All we need now is some pain-killers and antibiotics up in that bitch and we have a working medi-gel!

    Very neat.
    Also, keep a tube of plain old fashioned superglue in your first aid kit too.
    Perfect for sealing up gashes.
    No, I'm not kidding. It even gets used by medicos in the field.
    I suspect this stuff is something similar.
    Some superglues use a sprayed on accelerator just like seen here.

      Doctor here. This stuff is nothing like superglue. It's a factor XII activator, like the article says. It activates the coagulation cascade and makes blood clot. Variations on this theme have been around for years.

      Also, I don't agree that superglue should be in all first aid kits and it most certainly is not great for gashes. Yes we use it in the emergency department but only for small, clean wounds and scratches. Anything bigger needs to be cleaned and closed definitively with sutures. If you go sealing up large wounds without paying attention to deeper structures, you run the risk of sealing in infection and or a haematoma. Which is bad news.

    I am not a doctor so I am curious about what would happen if this was applied over a wound that had a cut blood vessel underneath it? Would the person just die of internal bleeding?

      Yes. But for flesh wounds it's fine.

        So if it is for flesh wounds only, then its not particularly anything special for the sealing part. The faster healing is good though I guess.

      This stuff shouldn't be thought of as a final solution, so to speak. It's main role would be either stemming bleeding so as to keep someone alive long enough to get to hospital/theatre for definitive closure/haemostasis OR it could be used IN theatre under sterile conditions. Putting this stuff in a wound "in the field" and then leaving it is almost guaranteeing an infection.

    DARPA are working on a foam which is injected into the abdomen and can stop internal bleeding. That would probably be much better than this for internal bleeding.

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