Nu-Med Plus Inc. (NUMD:OTC.MKTS) applied for a patent for its newly developed device that can deliver nitric oxide to stored blood products before they are transfused into a patient, according to a news release. The delivery can be done during or after the drawing of blood.
Using the device in this way should make stored blood products last longer and transfusions safer, according to the company. Recently studies have shown that the longer blood is stored, the more it loses nitric oxide. When blood is low in nitric oxide, it can cause side effects, such as hypoxia, infection and heart failure, in someone infused with it. The Federal Drug Administration currently prohibits the use of blood in transfusions that has been stored longer than 42 days.
The company notes that this research also suggests that pretreating banked blood products with nitric oxide allows for transfer of oxygen via the blood during a transfusion.
"A blood transfusion is one of the most common medical procedures in the world, and we believe this new Nu-Med Plus nitric oxide delivery technology will decrease the risks and increase the life-saving potential of blood transfusions," Nu-Med CEO Jeff Robins said in the release. Every year, more than 4 million Americans have a blood transfusion; 300,000 of those transfused individuals receive one or more blood units that have been stored for 30-plus days.
Nu-Med Plus stated that it intends to conduct further studies on its new device, testing its efficacy.
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