The Futuristic Vision of a Video Game Becomes Reality: Veti-Gel

Mass Effect: Medi-Gel

The video game series Mass Effect contains an item in-game called Medi-Gel (above image) which can be used to do life saving healing on the players character and squad when they are injured. Although not quite the same (obviously) a group of students from New York University have recently created a gel called Veti-Gel which works almost instantly to start the clotting and healing process of open wounds, much the same way of that envisioned in the Mass Effect series.

The following was taken from the Mass Effect Wiki on the topic of Medi-Gel:

Medi-gel (medical gel) is an all-purpose medicinal salve combining an anaesthetic and clotting agent used by paramedics, EMTs, and military personnel, produced by the Sirta Foundation. It heals various wounds and ailments, instantly sealing injuries against infection and allowing for rapid healing by having the gel grip tight to flesh until subjected to a frequency of ultrasound. It is sealable against liquids – most notably blood – as well as contaminants and gases.

The description below is of how Veti-Gel works to close and heal the wound:

When any part of the body is wounded, the damaged extracellular matrix helps trigger a cascade of chemical reactions in the blood that ends in fibrin — fibers that join togehter to start blood clots.

If Veti-Gel reaches the blood’s platelet cells, it helps signal them to change shape and stick together to further help plug the hole in a blood vessel. [See also: Artificial Blood Clots to Improve Soldier Survival]

And when Veti-Gel comes into contact with the extracellular matrix in the wounded tissue, it binds to it, forming a kind of cover over the area. That eliminates the need to even apply pressure to the wound. “It looks like, feels like, and acts like skin,” said Landolina.

Take a look at the video below for a look at Veti-Gel in action (Warning there is a bit of blood, unless you haven already watched it and skipped the text…)

 

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