Breakthrough in medicine: synthetic blood created

The development of researchers at the School of Medicine at the University of Washington in St. Louis will almost certainly be a major breakthrough in medicine. They have developed a synthetic analogue of human blood, which is devoid of many of the shortcomings of other similar substances.

Of course, with a full blood transfusion, comparing the latest development is premature. According to scientists, Erythromer (this name was given to the substance) is not a full-fledged blood substitute, but is capable of performing its functions of transporting oxygen to cells within two days, unlike blood-substituting solutions, which only replenish the volume without affecting this most important function. In conditions of lack of donor blood, or the inability to transfuse, synthetic blood will save a person’s life.

If compared with pre-existing analogues (primarily recombinant hemoglobin and perfluorocarbons), synthetic blood does not have a huge number of side effects that are characteristic of these substances, not to mention an ordinary allergy.

In addition, Erythromer is available in the form of a powder, this allows, firstly, to minimize the risk of transmission of various diseases through the blood, and secondly, greatly simplifies storage and transportation conditions (shelf life of the powder is half a year). For use, the powder should be diluted with a special solution, but, in case of emergency, you can use ordinary saline.
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  1. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 10 June 2018 00: 09
    Bravo! 30 years after testing a similar blood substitute (colloquially called "Blue Blood" and head and shoulders above all Western counterparts) to rescue heavily wounded Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan.
    The test results were very, very encouraging, but the capitulatory Gorbachev's "perestroika" was already in full bloom and smelled, when suddenly, at the direct enemy's order from above, domestic competitive and promising scientific directions were closed, and the scientists who founded them were forced to emigrate to West, or perished "under unclear circumstances."
    Likewise, suddenly and absurdly, at the final stage of launching the pilot production of his most essential drug, the creator of the "blue blood" died, and the results of his experiments and practical tests, the author's scientific developments mysteriously "disappeared" (did they not flow to the same place everything else is overseas, to "the most democratic of the most democratic countries" ?!) request
    About the "blue blood" in the late 80s (or early 90s?) There were publications in the journal "Tekhnika-Molodyozhi" (and, maybe, in the magazine "Inventor and Rationalizer"?) There were also other sources, but I don't remember which ones.
    Of course, it is good if such a blood substitute really shows the declared qualities, reliably replenishing extensive blood loss, and, ultimately, turns out to be as accessible as possible for mass use in urgent therapy on the spot! IMHO