Health

New 'Oxygen Substitute' Shot Keeps Non-Breathing People Alive

| by Michael Allen

According to the scientific journal Science Transitional Medicine, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a new microparticle that can be used to oxygenate blood cells and keep a non-breathing person alive for up to 30 minutes .

The particles, a combination of fat and oxygen, can be injected directly into a vein, giving doctors time to ventilate a dying patient.

Researchers first tested the injection on rabbits and found that oxygen saturation increased within seconds of the particles hitting the bloodstream, despite the rabbits’ tracheas being blocked.

Scientists also predicted that, one day, the shot could be standard in every hospital, ambulance and life-flight helicopter.