NHS to give volunteers ‘synthetic blood’ made in laboratory within two years

It is hoped artificial red blood cells could be used for specialised transfusions
The first attempt at giving human volunteers “synthetic blood” made in a laboratory for the first time will take place within the next two years, the NHS has announced.
A long-awaited clinical trial of artificial red blood cells will occur before 2017, NHS scientists said. The blood is made from stem cells extracted from either the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies or the blood of adult donors.

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Protocol

Anemia Treatment and Erythropoietin therapy Guidelines

Protocol based on scientific evidence for the non-transfusional treatment of anemia through the appropriate use of iron and erythropoietin.

Welcome to Bloodless

Background:

Blood transfusions are currently one of the most performed medical procedures in the world. However, the medical literature shows a relationship between the use of allogeneic (donated) blood and greater complications, including, greater mortality. Worldwide, there is a deficiency in medical knowledge about transfusion practice.

Objectives:

1. To change the current transfusion practice, through the application of scientifically safe and effective PROTOCOLS for the TREATMENT OF ANEMIA and MANAGEMENT OF BLEEDING without the use of allogeneic blood, based on the scientific evidence of modern medicine.

2. Help blood banks SAVE their main HEMOCOMPONENTS (red blood cells, plasma and platelets)