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A new type of foam that is injected into the body could save the lives of countless soldiers wounded on the battlefield.

The U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been working with a medical company that can help soldiers survive internal abdominal injuries and internal hemorrhaging.

The DOD strives to accomplish what is known as the "Golden Hour," which transports a wounded soldier to a medical facility in under an hour. However, for those suffering from internal abdominal injuries and internal hemorrhaging, their chances of surviving an entire hour with a large amount of blood loss are quite slim.

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Inspired by the Halo biofoam? biggrin.gif
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That is amazing. I wonder if the foam is hard or pliable when it is inside the abdominal cavity.
 
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Awesome. Reminds me of Serenity when Zoe got sliced across the back and was dressed with a foam bandage of some sort.
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Inspired by the Halo biofoam? biggrin.gif

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Inspired by the Halo biofoam? biggrin.gif

That was my immediate thought when I saw the headline. Considering Halo: Combat Evolved came out over 10 years ago, it's certainly possible.

http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Biofoam
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Awesome. Hopefully its legit and can start saving people's lives consistently.
    
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Inspired by the Halo biofoam? biggrin.gif
This was the first thing that popped into my head.
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I was thinking of the Serenity(firefly movie) foam.
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That is amazing. I wonder if the foam is hard or pliable when it is inside the abdominal cavity.

Polyurethane foam is the thing you use to fill cavities to isolate your house. It is a rigid foam. Considering it is injected into the body, I hope they made it a bit flexible. Scary stuff though, having a plate of foam into your body, must be very hard to breath with.
This is a very good idea though.
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