FEB 25, 2019 5:00 PM PST

We Can Do Better Than Stitches For Wounds

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce
If you’ve made it into adulthood chances are you’ve suffered some flesh wounds over the years. Some of these may have required stitches which, if you have ever gotten, you may have wondered if there was a better way to close your wound.
 
One of the problems with stitches is the amount of time to take to apply. This is not a serious issue for smaller or shallow wounds but in the case of emergency medicine it can present serious problems.
 
 
The cells of the body exist within and extracellular matrix (ECM) which is responsible for all wound healing. Scars are the result of poorly formed ECM after an injury.
 
To create something better than stitches, that could be used in emergencies, like arterial bleeds, Joe Landolina went to work. What he developed was a gel that would quickly and easily stop bleeding by meshing with the bodies ECM to close the wound.
 

 

 
In the above Ted talk, Joe talks about his invention in further detail.
 
 
About the Author
Applied Sport and Exercise Science
Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
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