Synthetic blood platelets, made from materials commonly used in medical devices, may help slow internal bleeding following traumatic incidents, researchers said.

Research published in Science Translational Medicine said those given an intravenous dose of the synthetic platelets after injury stopped bleeding 23% faster than those left untreated, according to Bloomberg.

US Case Western Reserve University associate professor of biomedical engineering Erin Lavik said that the study, carried out in rats, needs to be extended to pigs and humans before it could apply for market approval.

“We think we have a new potential way of treating trauma and really helping improve outcomes,” Lavik said.

When synthetic platelets were given before the injury, bleeding stopped within about two minutes after the injury, the study found.

The study was funded in part by the Wallace H Coulter Foundation in Miami and the US National Institutes of Health.