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Revolution to Blood Transfusion: The One-Size-Fits-All Artificial Blood
Poster Title: Revolution to Blood Transfusion: The One-Size-Fits-All Artificial Blood
Submitted on 28 May 2019
Author(s): Yi Wen Tay, Geok Fong Ong, Sheh Wen Kuan, Doris Ying Ying Tang, Sweet Mun Wong, Athirah Nurhuda Abdul Razak, Nadia Asyikin Muhammad Rabuan, Nurul Aini Atikah Sidek, Nurain Chow Effandy Chow
Affiliations: Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Abstract: Blood is a special type of connective tissue comprised of red blood cells (RBC), white cells, platelets and plasma. Although allogeneic RBC transfusions can be life-saving in exsanguinating trauma patients and patients with thalassemia major, adverse events impacting the patients' outcome such as shortage of blood supply and transmission of blood-borne pathogens have been documented. These issues urge for the invention of artificial blood. Perfluorocarbon‐based artificial blood (PFC) is a chemically inert synthetic molecule that consists primarily of carbon and fluorine atoms. PFCs act as artificial oxygen carriers and are designed for the sole purpose of transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the body. PFCs can physically dissolve significant quantities of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The production of PFCs involves electrochemical fluorination, whereby an organic raw material such as octane sulfonyl fluoride undergoes electrolysis in anhydrous hydrogen fluoride, leading to the replacement of all hydrogen atoms by fluorine atoms. PFCs are hydrophobic due to the strong bond between carbon and fluorine atoms, and thus they are not miscible in water. Consequently, PFCs have to be emulsified for intravenous use. The production of PFCs is relatively inexpensive and can be made without any biological materials. Hence, the clinical use of PFCs can improve tissue oxygenation and eliminate the possibility of blood-borne disease transmission compared to the allogeneic blood transfusion. PFCs can be also used for the treatment of diseases with compromised tissue oxygenation such as cerebral ischemia and emergency or trauma surgery when allogeneic blood is unavailable. In conclusion, PFC is stable, safe, and affordable. Its invention may thereby reduce dependency on allogeneic blood transfusions in surgery and also provide continuous availability of blood supply.Summary: Perfluorocarbon (PFC) is a chemically inert synthetic molecule that acts as artificial oxygen carrier. It can majestically dissolve significant amount of gases such as oxygen and carbon dioxide. In short, it is a safe substitute for blood, reducing the dependency of allergenic blood and thus, providing a continuous supply of bloodReferences: Sarkar S. (2008). Artificial blood. Indian journal of critical care medicine : peer-reviewed, official publication of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, 12(3), 140–144. doi:10.4103/0972-5229.43685
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