Artificial stem cell blood available in 10 years
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A group of researchers are claiming that within the next three years, artificial blood manufactured from stem cells will be at the clinical trial stage.
The Scottish scientists, who are from the University of Edinburgh, are also hopeful that the artificial blood will be ready for patient-wide use within a decade.
This comes after they have found a way of extracting stem cells from bone marrow and then growing them in a laboratory, creating cells with the ability to transport oxygen around the body.
However, there are concerns a European ban on patenting creations made with human embryonic stem cells will drive away potential investors into the project.
The man responsible for cloning Dolly the Sheep, Edinburgh University’s Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, told The Independent newspaper: “Unfortunately it will make it less likely that companies in Europe will invest in the research to develop treatments to use embryonic stem cells for treatment of human disease.”
The group of scientists are creating blood compatible with the O rhesus negative blood group, dubbed as the universal donor group because 98 percent of patients’ bodies accept it, despite only 7 percent of people producing it themselves.
Marc Turner, who is leading the trial, is quoted in a Fox News report as saying: “Our current program will take another year to 18 months and by then we hope to have red cells of suitable quality and to go forward into trials.”
If successful, the creation of synthetic blood could prove to be hugely valuable in the healthcare field, particularly in emergency situations such as war zones and for ambulance treatments.
Additionally, in parts of the world where blood banks are non-existent or running low on stocks, artificial blood would be particularly well received.
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Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know
Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly?
Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution.
What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room.
The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place. A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff.
All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”
Why: Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.”
“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”
Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.