What are potential uses of blood substitutes?

Updated: Dec 11, 2018
  • Author: Sara J Grethlein, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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If such a blood substitute were indeed developed, it would presumably play a major role in the setting of trauma care and for elective surgeries. It would also benefit patients with medical conditions who are in need of long-term blood transfusions, such as patients with myelodysplastic syndrome and aplastic anemia. These products could also be used as organ preservatives to prevent or decrease reperfusion injury to donor organs. Religious and ethnic groups with concerns regarding the use of human derived blood products may accept these substances, which would provide a significant patient care advance.

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