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Oxygen-Generating Materials

When tissues in the body are deprived of oxygen, the irreversible process of tissue death begins. For military personnel, this can occur when blast injuries damage blood vessels and interrupt the blood supply to the arms or legs. But what if there was a way to temporarily provide oxygen to muscle tissue and keep it alive?

Institute scientists are using safe, natural chemicals that generate oxygen in a variety of projects - from a treatment to promote limb salvage to incorporating the particles into organ scaffolds. With limb salvage, the particles, in the form of an injectable gel, could potentially slow muscle death until a surgeon could operate and restore the blood supply.  The goal is to develop a treatment that medics could carry with them - as a way to buy time and provide a temporary burst of oxygen until a patient could get medical treatment.

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