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Blood Recycling Machine Uses 3D Printer

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Debera Harward
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Debera Harward   5/12/2014 5:04:03 AM
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@bobjengr yes definitely this method will be really usefull for people having rare blood groups . During surgeries  there is a lot of blood loss which requires new blood but if this blood recycling machine is used it will be very usefull for those patients .

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   5/12/2014 3:33:14 AM
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Thanks, bobjengr. It's for situations like yours that this machine truly shows its convenience and security for people with rare blood types. What if your surgery was emergency and the blood wasn't secured beforehand? This would solve any complications that would arise.

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BLOOD RECYCLING AND 3D PRINTING
bobjengr   5/10/2014 12:08:53 PM
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Fascinating use for 3D Printing.  Excellent post Elizabeth.  I have a B- blood type which, I'm told, is one of the more rare types.   Only one time in my not-too-young life has the need for transfusion been contemplated.   Securing the necessary blood type postponed surgery until supplies could be available.  This device seems to go a long way in aiding situations such as mine.  Even the thought that recycling spilled blood is possible is truly remarkable.   Also, 3D printing is obviously the solution to needs required with redesign and/or modifications due to the speed involved with providing components.   With technology such as this recycling machine I'm sure confidentiality is a must also.  Again, excellent post.  

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/6/2014 11:36:52 AM
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Greg, those conditions --  plus desire to avoid high system/part cost and need for customization -- are the ones found a lot in aerospace and medical apps, which are two of the leaders in 3D printing for end-production parts as well as prototyping. Same for race cars. This one looks like an ideal candidate.

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Elizabeth M   5/6/2014 3:26:15 AM
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Yes, Ann, it seems that there are so many increased risks in hospitals these days with the pervasive threat of superbugs than anything that can be done to mitigate infection is definitely something worthwhile. The actual technology aspect of this still blows my mind a little bit. To apply 3D printing processes to recycling human blood for reuse is pretty incredible.

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Elizabeth M   5/6/2014 3:21:21 AM
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Yes, Debera, as you note, there are pros and cons to everything. In this case I think the pros outweigh the cons.

Debera Harward
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Debera Harward   5/6/2014 12:55:48 AM
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Elizebeth agreed , for every new technology there are advantages and disadvantages no doubt it is a great advantage for patient and his/her family but on the other hand destroying the business of donaters but the value of risk free surgery is greater than the loss of those loosing business.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/5/2014 11:58:45 AM
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I think Cabe and Daniyal_Ali make very good points about the reduced infection risk, which is already high in transfusions, but even more so with donated blood, and the added ease in surgery for people with rare blood types. Glad I'm not one of those.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/5/2014 11:57:48 AM
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You're welcome, Liz. Excellent writeup, and those are good questions. I've had major surgery a couple of times, but didn't need blood, and don't know my own type either (except that it's common, not rare).

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Daniyal_Ali   5/5/2014 4:07:03 AM
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Frankly, i didn't know my blood type too but when i started donating blood, i had no other option but to know it.

Nevertheless if we are to know our own blood types, then what are the doctors here for? ;)

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