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Durham County To Enter Synthetic Blood Trial

Posted January 11, 2005 10:22 a.m. EST

— Durham County will join a nationwide trial of synthetic blood, a little later than first planned.

Last year, county commissioners voted to allow Durham County EMS to partner with Duke University in a clinical trial for



PolyHeme is a blood substitute that is compatible with all blood types. Right now, ambulances do not carry whole blood because it spoils easily.

PolyHeme has a shelf life of at least a year.