A team of researchers has developed a way to inject oxygen directly into the bloodstream, potentially saving millions of lives each year.
Created by a team at Boston Children’s Hospital, the technique will allow medical teams to keep a patient suffering from respiratory failure alive for up to 30 minutes, which gives the medical team extra time to act without risking brain damage in the patient. The researchers designed the injectable oxygen by creating gas-filled microparticles made of a single layer of lipids surrounding a pocket of oxygen gas. The mircoparticles are suspended and delivered in a liquid solution, and are stable enough to be stored on every ambulance, transport helicopter or hospital code cart.
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