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Week: 580.4 

Guest: Dr. J. Stanley Smith, Chief of Trauma Svcs. Hershey Med. Ctr. PA 

Topic: The search for substitute blood 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: The search for substitute blood...coming up... 

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NEMA: Researchers have been trying to come up with a liquid that has the properties of blood...for use in military settings and in our trauma centers. Dr. J. Stanley Smith is trauma chief for the Penn State Hershey Medical Center...  

SMITH: ThereÆs been an attempt, ever since the Vietnam war, to try to replace in some way the use of whole blood, so that in the military setting there is an ability to be able to store things, and not have to worry about the dating and the storage and some of the other problems you have just with the stored blood itself.  

NEMA: Dr. Smith says the solutions that have been created are in two categories...hemoglobin and perflourocarbons...  

SMITH: They're looking for a chemical that will carry oxygen like blood does. And the perflourocarbons and so on have not really worked to replace the blood. The hemoglobin solutions have been a little bit better, but even they cannot replace blood completely.  

NEMA: But there is a new product being tested by Dr. Smith at Hershey and at 39 other trauma centers around the country, which is closer to the bill than ever before. More on Hemassist and its effects next time. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.  

 

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