July 2, 2014 | Pippa

The first thing I learned in first aid was the seriousness of bleeding. After a major accident it's the biggest risk to a person's life.

Scientists have invented tiny 'clotting balls' that can be injected to help the body's clotting system stop bleeding much more quickly.

They've only tried it in mice so far, but they plan to test it on bigger animals next, and then on humans. It could make a real difference to the number of people who survive traumatic accidents, or even on the battlefield.


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the blood clotting balls

The balls form clumps with the bodies that clot cells, so bleeding stops more quickly.


Image: Andrew Shoffstall

3 comments on 'Sticky balls to stop bleeding'

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bob fisher

July 10, 2014 at 14:15

it needs a little more information but it sounds pretty cool

John Wattie

July 4, 2014 at 07:09

Increasing clotting by injection of an agent usually needs to be accurately directed to the bleeding site or there is a danger of coagulating blood vessels in organs like the brain and heart, with immediate bad effects. Selective clotting is possible with surface application to the bleeding site or injection into the artery supplying the bleeder. The latter may involve vascular catheterisation in a radiology department. Many agents have been used for this and a new, better coagulant would be very welcome for selective embolization.


July 2, 2014 at 19:13

That's will b really awesome. but I need to know more about this magnificent super ball.

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