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Medicine in Uniform
June 9, 1999

Better Bandage for Bleeding

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JAMA. 1999;281(22):2079. doi:10.1001/jama.281.22.2079

Sometime next year, clinical trials may begin with a blood-clotting bandage being developed by a US Army Medical Command and American Red Cross scientific team. Army physicians are interested because bleeding is the most common cause of death for those wounded in battle, while the Red Cross says such dressings could be kept ready in civilian emergency vehicles and at remote locations. The US Food and Drug Administration evaluation of this "medical device" may take 3 to 5 more years.