David King, MD, a trauma and acute care surgeon at Mass General, is the leader of a collaborative research team that may have developed a new way to help soldiers who suffer internal injuries on the battlefield as well as civilians who are injured in accidents.
King and his team have developed a
product called ResQFoam, which expands up to 35 times its original volume when
injected into the abdomen, applying pressure on the internal organs and slowing the rate of internal bleeding.
According to King, the foam has the potential to help patients who would normally die in 5 minutes to survive for three hours.