ITClamp Stops Traumatic Bleeding in Combat Zones

ITClamp Stops Traumatic Bleeding in Combat Zones

Bleeding is the single largest cause of preventable trauma death, and when our armed forces are out in the combat zone, stopping a bleeding wound can be difficult. Dr. Dennis Filips, a retired trauma surgeon from the Canadian Navy and CEO of Edmonton, AB-based Innovative Trauma Care, saw a lot of bleeding while serving in Afghanistan, and wondered if there could be a way to reduce the mortality rate from traumatic hemorrhage other than using tourniquets and hemostatic wound agents, which take time to apply.

Inspired by a simple hair clip, Filips designed a device called the ITClamp. The ITClamp is essentially a sterile, plastic clamp approximately five centimeters in length, with curved needles along the “jaws” of the device. In a trauma situation, the responder clamps the device along the wound. The curved needles and the shape of the ITClamp draw the wound up into the device and anchor it with even pressure, allowing the blood underneath to create a clot around the wound and help stop the bleeding until the victim receives further medical attention.

The ITClamp can be applied in a matter of seconds and can used by basically anyone with minimal training. The device only costs about $65, so it’s affordable for military units, hospitals, and paramedics anywhere, but it’s yet to clear the regulatory process before it becomes available.

Here’s a demo video of how the ITClamp works:

[Edmonton, Alberta, Canada] Innovative Trauma Care™ (ITC), an early stage medical

device company focused on developing and marketing point of injury solutions to the first responder, military and trauma markets, received the Life Sciences Technology award from the Banff Venture Forum held on October 7, 2011 at the organization’s 13th annual forum. Banff Venture Forum is the premier company financing event in Canada and winners were selected from event attendees.

The Banff Venture Forum showcases early and growth stage companies in three streams: Information Technology, Energy Technology and Life Sciences Technology. Event attendees present to investors from across North America with the ultimate goal of securing financing needed to grow their businesses.

“We are honored to be selected as the best company in the Life Sciences category. The high caliber of presenting companies and investors was extremely competitive, and we are grateful to receive such a prestigious recognition,” commented ITC’s founder and CEO Cdr (Ret’d) Dennis Filips, MD, FRCSC.

ITC expects to launch its first product, the ITClamp, in late 2012. The ITClamp was

designed to address massive hemorrhage – a leading cause of death in traumatic injury – by controlling critical bleeding in as little as 5 seconds. The clamping device works by sealing the skin closed to create a temporary pool of blood under pressure, which forms a stable clot until the wound can be surgically repaired.

Incorporated in 2010 and based in Edmonton, Canada, Innovative Trauma Care is

addressing unmet needs in the field of emergency medicine by developing, manufacturing, and commercializing poin tof injury solutions to treat common causes

of preventable death in traumatic injury scenarios.

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