New injection could keep you alive without breathing.
A team led by researchers at Boston Childrens Hospital have developed tiny, gas filled microparticles that can be delivered via an injection to quickly oxygenate the blood. In lab tests, the injection kept mice alive for 15 minutes after their airways were blocked.
The team hopes that one day the microparticle solutions could be used by paramedics or emergency room doctors to allow time for a breathing tube or other measure to be put in place. The injections could likely be used for up to 30 minutes, after which time the injected fluid would start to overload the bloodstream.