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According to the Israeli news site Haaretz.com, soldiers in
the field may carry an emergency blood supply based on
their own blood.
Israeli Defense Force Medical Corp Lieutenant Colonel Amir
Blumenfield says that a Nes Tziona-based company is working
on the product.
"The idea is to take a soldier's blood, freeze it in laboratory conditions,
take out the ice crystals leaving only the blood components. It will look l
ike freeze-dried coffee in a little bag."
If this product works, it could revolutionize trauma care on the battlefield.
At present, the most that medics can do in the field is to provide a t
ransfusion mixture consisting of water and salt (saline solution).
In laboratory tests, it appears that enough of the freeze-dried blood cells
survive to be able to carry oxygen to the rest of the body. Blood transfusions
are not available outside of organized medical centers, owing to the stringent requirements of storing blood, and making sure that properly typed blood is supplied to each soldier.
Originally posted by iori_komei
Just imagine though, some tired sap that's been awake 50 hours
goes to make some coffee and accidentaly grabs the blood instead
of instant coffee, that'd be a horrible way to wake-up.