Nanoparticles that Speed Blood Clotting May Someday Save Lives

Whether severe trauma occurs on the battlefield or the highway, saving lives often comes down to stopping the bleeding as quickly as possible. Many methods for controlling external bleeding exist, but at this point, only surgery can halt blood loss inside the body from injury to internal organs. Now, researchers have developed nanoparticles that congregate wherever injury occurs in the body to help it form blood clots, and they’ve validated these particles in test tubes and in vivo.

Watch Bioconjugate Chemistry Associate Editor Erin Lavik of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, discuss these breakthroughs:

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