Fiser developed small, micron-sized rods, which can be used to detect how well a patient's blood is clotting. According to the patent, the rods can be used by paramedics in a future point-of-care medical device that would help them determine what life-saving measures they should or should not use on patients.
"Immediately after a trauma occurs, the shock sustained by the tissues in a patient's body affects that patient's clotting abilities," explains Fiser. "The patient could develop what is called a trauma induced coagulopathy, a clotting disorder that could mean a decreased ability to form a blood clot. People who are admitted to the emergency room with a trauma induced clotting disorder are four times more likely to die from their injuries, and a quarter of patients admitted to an emergency room for trauma have a coagulopathy."
Fiser was awarded the patent along with researchers Rich Superfine,
To read more about the patent, click here (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=2&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=fiser.INNM.&OS=IN/fiser&RS=IN/fiser).
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