iTraumaCar, a company out of Edmonton, Canada, received European approval for its iTClamp Hemorrhage Control System. The device is designed to halt severe bleeding from open wounds, especially in situations where tourniquets and hemostatic agents are not effective. It was developed by Dr. Dennis Filips, a retired trauma surgeon of the Canadian Navy who saw his fair share hemorrhages while serving in Afghanistan.
The iTClamp looks much like a hair clip, but with sharp needle-like claws that penetrate the skin, lift, and compress tissues together to control blood flow. Its fast application and relative ease of use may help save soldier lives on the battlefield, as well as help civilians in critical emergencies be saved from blood loss by first responders.