Canadian scientists create surgical glue to stop bleeding
Scientists from the Canadian University of Western Ontario have created a medicine that stops bleeding. Once applied, it pulls tissue together in less than a minute, according to the University of Western Ontario website.
The glue is based on the substance batroxobin, which is secreted from the venom of lancehead snakes. With its help, a rapid blood clotting occurs. In medicine, batroxobin mixed with a hydrogel is used to stop bleeding during operations.
Researchers have created a special gelatin that is not affected by blood components. It freezes quickly in bright light. To stop the blood from the wound, you need to apply a substance to the site of the lesion and shine a light on it. Even the light from the flashlight on the phone is enough.
The surgical adhesive has been field tested in rodents. It has proven itself well when used for cuts, aortic ruptures, and liver damage. Scientists managed to clog the wound in 45 seconds, while blood loss was reduced by 78%.
The drug's developers believe it can be used instead of stitches. They plan to refine their invention in order to obtain a universal medicine that will be placed in a tube with an applicator and used everywhere.
Recall that in September last year, Russian scientists developed nanofibers that promote rapid wound healing. And in July this year, US specialists created an improved implant that accelerates bone healing.