It may sound a bit creepy at first, but an artificial blood substitute known as Oxcyte may prove invaluable in minimizing brain damage after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The slippery substance is close in structure to Telfon and is able to get oxygen to areas of the brain where human blood cells are too large to reach following a brain injury.
Apparently Oxcyte was originally developed as an all-around blood substitute but there have been concerns about possible liver and kidney damage after prolonged use. It could, however, be just the ticket for short term treatment of TBIs. Read the full story at miamiherald.com.