May 5, 2013
Last year a team of researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston figured out a way to inject oxygen directly into their patients with an obstructed airway. These amazing researchers did this by creating an injectable foam containing oxygen-carrying microparticles.
These microparticles deliver oxygen almost immediately to red blood cells in a way that is much faster and is predictably much safer than current methods such as CPR and trachial intubation. With the time saved from this unique technique, doctors would be able to quickly manage the problem with the blocked trachea and therefore minimize brain injury or cardiac arrest.
While the implications of this new technique are mostly applicable to emergency rooms, intensive care units, or operating rooms, one can’t help but wonder how this will benefit sea and space exploration in the hopefully-not-too-distant future.
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