An active battlefield is a really inconvenient place to lose a lot of blood. But naturally that's exactly where soldiers sustain the bulk of their life-threatening injuries, so Darpa is committing $9.9 million to finding drugs that can extend the "golden hour" -- the one-hour window that medics generally have to bring a soldier back from severe blood loss -- by as much as six hours.
As one might imagine, somewhere near half of soldiers killed in action die of severe blood loss after being wounded by gunshots or IEDs. When emergency trauma care is administered during that first "golden hour," soldiers' odds of survival are relatively good, but after the clock strikes 60 minutes their odds begin to drop quickly. That's why a team of researchers at Texas A&M's Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) is looking for a way to send the human body into a state of suspended animation, essentially shutting down the heart and brain until proper care can be administered.
The research will build on several earlier efforts to produce a "suspended animation" cocktail. A Stanford project previously funded by Darpa sought to put the body into a state of squirrel-like hibernation using a pancreatic enzyme found in both species, while another effort used hydrogen sulfide to cease heart function in rats and worms, causing wounds to stop bleeding.
Rats, worms and squirrels are all good places to start, but Darpa wants results that more closely mimic human beings, so the A&M team is testing various methods of suspending animation on anesthetized pigs, keeping them on the brink of death but stable enough to later be brought back from the edge, hopefully no worse for wear.
The TIPS researchers anticipate a working treatment within 18 months. If successful, a suspended animation cocktail could save countless lives not only on the battlefield, but back here at home as well. EMTs armed with syringes of suspended animation juice could vastly alter survival rates at the scenes of car crashes, natural disasters and other emergencies, giving civilian medics their own weapon in the battle against time.
I can so see the government abusing whatever kind of system they come up with to covertly do their evil bidding. But then again, the possibilty for good to come out of this is very hard to ignore.
I wonder if this would be relevant for soldiers afflicted from biological and chemical attacks as well... When I was in all we had were atropine... not much help really
This is coming off of a TV show that was talking about this in better depth. It involved comparing how freezing a person and using drugs to suspend a persons body can help them. The drugs they are hoping to come out with are still a long ways off. They have tested them on rats and suspended them without oxygen for hours and they survive. And on another note they are still looking on how to make someone live with tremendous blood loss.
Recreate the events in Demolition Man and I'll be impressed.
do you mean Sylvester Stallone will become a super-cop that can knit because they implanted that in his brain, and have to catch a blond-haired African American guy and end up blowing him up by freezing him and kicking him in the face?
The blond head black guy we Wesley Snipes and that would be freaking cool.
Can anyone say Suspended Animation. For Deep Space travel like in ALIENS !!!!!
hmmm... Thats kinda weird....
Whatever it takes to keep Service Members alive.
What would make me much happier, however, is coming up with a way to remove the need for the profession that my son, myself and six generations of Soldiers before me have practiced since the Revolution.
If someone were able to find a way to close our "family business", I would gladly turn over the keys.
many animals and plants can survive being frozen because of enzymes that break up ice crystals, reducing cell damage. It could be used on humans
Oh I hope soooo bad that they can make this work. Unfortunately men have been trying to do this for how many years.
I don't think it will work until they solve the problem with the blood-needing-to-go-into-brain problem. If they stop the heart, then blood can't go to the brain, causing serious, maybe permanent brain damage. The body would still need oxygen, stopping blood flow without the proper procedure would be fatal.
Don't be fooled. I'm being fed this fricken sh*t every other day, so it already exists. I ALMOST can't do jack about it! Clinical trials and/or experimentation may exist whether or not the subject is aware of it. Hopefully it's for the benefit of the greater good, rather than the opposite!