Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have created injectable oxygen, in other words, microparticles that can be injected into your bloodsteam and oxygenate it. That’s right, even if the person isn’t breathing, it can keep them alive for 15-30 minutes. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The particles are pockets of oxygen in a layer of lipids, specifically fats. This is then suspended in liquid, which can be injected into the blood steam. The oxygen then “squeeze[s] through capillaries,” according to Dr. John Kheir of Boston Children’s Hospital.
The implications of this are enormous. It could mean doctors have another 15 to 30 minutes to work on patients who have lost the ability to breathe, an amount of time that could potentially save lives.