Quick-Acting Foam for Treating Wounds on Battlefield

A new grant will help Penn State researchers develop an innovative foam that helps seal wounds quickly — whether on the battlefield, in rural areas or in other isolated locations far from hospitals.

The three-year, $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command will support the development and testing of the foam, which will expand and turn into a gel when applied to a wound. The pressure from the expanding gel, along with the inclusion of a blood-clotting agent called chitosan, will help stop the bleeding.

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