New Model Stanford Researchers Points to Solution to Global Blood Shortage

According to a new mathematical model from Stanford researchers, patients with anemia can be effectively treated with transfusions of blood substitutes that are more readily available.

A mathematical model of the body’s interacting physiological and biochemical processes shows that it may be more effective to replace red blood cell transfusion with transfusion of other fluids that are far less in demand.
Blood transfusions save lives, yet the precious fluid is in desperately short supply, not just in the U.S. but around the globe. But what if transfusions don’t always require blood?
A new mathematical model of the …