By this Spring, a Fairfax County hospital hopes to launch a project to put a "fake" blood substitute called Polyheme in emergency vehicles. The new substance holds promise for reducing the number of extreme trauma victims who die in transit to the hospital. But the terms of the trial have alarmed some medical ethicists. We look at the challenges of blood transfusions and the promises of synthetic alternatives.


  • Dr. Gerald Sandler Professor of Medicine and Pathology; Director, Transfusion Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital
  • Leonard Glantz Professor of Health Law; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston University's School of Public Health
  • Dr. Christopher Michetti Trauma surgeon; Polyheme trial sub-investigator at Inova Fairfax Hospital

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