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Clamp Could Save Lives on the Battlefield

Sep. 24, 2013 - 06:11PM   |  
By HOPE HODGE SECK   |   Comments
Eight needles on the iT Clamp close the lips of a wound on the battlefield for up to four hours.
Eight needles on the iT Clamp close the lips of a wound on the battlefield for up to four hours. (Hope Hodge Seck)
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Combat Medical Systems of Fayetteville, N.C. has produced an innovative clamp that will close open wounds on the battlefield that require urgent attention.

The iT Clamp is a simple plastic gadget, small enough to fit in the palm of one’s hand, that is equipped with eight sharp needles that can safely close the lips of a wound for up to four hours — long enough in many situations to evacuate a Marine to a safe location for follow-on care.

Menacing as it looks, application of the device feels similar to the insertion of an IV, said Corey Russ, president of Combat Medical.

The device has been successfully used by civilian emergency services personnel to clamp a seven-inch chainsaw wound, Russ said. And it can be applied to areas such as the head, where traditional tourniquets may not be helpful.

The device is a candidate for fielding in the Combat Lifesaver and Individual First-Aid kits, he said.

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