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Emergency medical technicians are currently only allowed to give severely bleeding accident patients a saline solution, which can't carry oxygen to the body. The substitute, PolyHeme, carries oxygen to the body like real blood and doctors say it can dramatically increase trauma victims' chances for survival.

"There are not many times we who are involved in trauma do something that is truly landmark, that changes entirely what we do," said Dr. Michael Moncure, the University of Kansas physician overseeing the study, which is being undertaken in 21 hospitals nationwide.

Half of participating patients will be given PolyHeme, the other half the traditional saline solution.

The FDA has allowed a rare exception for this trial to waive consent before subjecting patients to clinical trials because trauma victims generally can't give consent. Individuals not wanting to participate can wear a blue opt-out bracelet.

While some critics say using an experimental treatment on accident victims unable to give their consent is unethical, Mark Bradford, deputy chief of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical, said little opposition has developed.

Still, University of Kansas researchers plan to host a public meeting in the next week to gain additional support for the project.
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