Injectable Oxygen Microparticles Keep You Alive, Even if You’re Not Breathing

By: | April 13th, 2014

The microparticles only provide a short-term solution, currently 15 minutes of oxygen. Photo © Colorado Theranostics Laboratory

The microparticles only provide a short-term solution, currently 15 minutes of oxygen. Photo © Colorado Theranostics Laboratory

Scientists have developed tiny, injectable oxygen microparticles that can do the unthinkable … keep you alive even when you’re not breathing.

The microparticles come in 2 to 4 micrometer tiny capsules and are made of a single layer of lips encompassing a bubble of oxygen gas, which can be injected directly into the blood stream.

The capsules have to be filled with liquid so that the bubbles cannot get any bigger, which would in turn make the bubbles lethal.

Upon injection, approximately 70% of the oxygen works its way into the bloodstream by colliding with your red blood cells and relaying the oxygen gas from the capsule to the cell.

In testing thus far, scientist successfully kept rabbits with blocked windpipes alive for upwards of fifteen minutes! While this is a major scientific advancement, it may be hard to get some human guinea pigs lined up to see the effects on people.

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