Life-saving dressing

The UWM laboratories will soon begin research on the first Polish deep wound haemostatic dressing. The dressing was designed for gunshot wounds of the limbs and chest.

A consortium made up of researchers from various universities, research institutes and scientists from the UWM's Department of Veterinary Medicine is working on the new dressing. The project research team at the UWM is supervised by Professor Zbigniew Adamiak from the Department of Surgery and Radiology Clinic with the Clinic of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Why is the research being conducted by doctors of veterinary medicine?

The new dressing will be used by the military, the police and firefighters. It will help save lives in extreme situations. However, the prototype needs to be tested first on animals, and a pig will make up the research model. The reason for the UWM to become a part of the consortium was the fact that it is a strong scientific centre. Last year the university already conducted research on the effectiveness of haemostatic dressings available on the Polish market.

"The idea of developing a new dressing kit came from one of the military rescuers who worked within a mission in Iraq and Afghanistan. The dressing can be inserted and, in fact, pushed inside the wound. It is likely to have take the form of a sponge or a band. It should effectively stop arterial bleeding before the individual wounded is taken over by medical services. Scientists are now working on a special polymer, on which the haemostatic substance will be applied in order to block the bleeding in just a few seconds. Our task will be to check the reaction of tissues to the use of the prototype dressing. Testing will begin in June. In the third stage of the research, scheduled for the beginning of next year, we will test the dressing on a pig. If these tests prove that the prototype stops bleeding effectively and doesn't cause, e.g., local tissue necrosis, it will be forwarded to clinical trials, held by experts from the Military Medical Institute", explains Professor Zbigniew Adamiak.


Małgorzata Hołubowska

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