Oxygen pills in the works?

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Oxygen pills in the works?

Thu, 24/04/2014 - 19:45
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The microparticles are tiny capsules (2-4 micrometers) made of a single layer of lipids surrounding a small bubble of oxygen gas.

Upon injecting a capsule-filled liquid into the bloodstream, the capsules bump into red blood cells, transferring the oxygen to the cell in the process. About 70% of the oxygen injected successfully makes its way into the blood stream this way.

While the technique is primarily being developed for short-term resuscitation by boosting oxygenation during acute respiratory failure, it does give raise to some mind-boggling perspectives;

Not only could this exciting new technique provide first responders attending dive accidents with better tools but it is also a glimse into the future were divers could have gases provided via particles in the bloodsteam?

Food for thought!