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Army tests airdrops of US-produced freeze-dried plasma near battlefields | Stripes
Source: Military Times (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Iman Broady-Chin)

Army tests airdrops of US-produced freeze-dried plasma near battlefields | Stripes

The Army started testing methods of airdropping freeze-dried plasma onto the battlefield to help wounded soldiers. Plasma has the ability to clot blood, transport blood cells through the body, and distribute key proteins and enzymes. 40% of combat deaths are a result of hemorrhaging, and finding a way to get plasma to the battlefield could help save a much larger portion of those soldiers. The freeze-dried form is powder which allows the plasma to be stored at room temperature and dropped from large heights. This will be a first for the military and will save lives if it works.

Source: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/army-tests-airdrops-of-us-produced-freeze-dried-plasma-near-battlefields-1.600728

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