Breathing a life-Sustaining liquid.
Colorless and odorless, perflubron can be used in place of surfactant to bathe the lungs. But because it carries 25 times as much oxygen as blood plasma does, perflubron helps the lungs exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen.
These preliminary findings, the first reported from a 40-center trial of 480 premature babies, indicate that infants on a respirator can be sustained on perflubron for 76 hours. Thereafter, use of the lubricant can be discontinued, and infants can ultimately be shifted to room air. The therapy might also be used to deliver drugs to the airways and thus hasten recovery from serious diseases.
-- Science News, 9/29/96
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