(Photo: OHK Medical Devices)

(Photo: OHK Medical Devices)

By Abigail Klein Leichman - February 18, 2019

The 1940s inflatable anti-gravity suit kept fighter pilots from losing consciousness by preventing blood from pooling in their legs. That invention inspired medical anti-shock trousers used in the 1950s to 1970s to stabilize hemorrhagic shock patients by shifting blood from their legs to their core organs.

As a young medical officer in the Israel Defense Forces in the late 1970s, Dr. Noam Gavriely found several technical and logistical problems with anti-shock trousers: it took two people and a good few minutes to position them, and when they were removed the patient’s blood pressure took a dangerous dive.

Gavriely went on to become a serial medical-device inventor and emergency-care physician. His latest invention, HemaShock, accomplishes the same goal as anti-shock trousers but quickly and easily, without air pressure.

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