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Shaking up the blood supply

Shaking up the blood supply

Freeze-dried plasma has helped trauma patients for decades. Why is it still out of reach for the American military?

When soldiers are injured on the battlefield, time and resources are in short supply. One resource that’s particularly problematic: plasma.

On the battlefield, there’s often a shortage of blood to resuscitate trauma patients, since storage conditions and shelf life can prevent the team from maintaining an adequate supply. In those cases, running out of blood can mean the difference between life and death for a soldier, prisoner of war, or civilian.

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