With the development of powdered plasma, it can now be easily carried and administered in combat zones.
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All of the U.S. military's special operations fighters now being sent to war zones have freeze-dried blood plasma, a crucial addition to first aid kits that can prevent badly wounded troops from bleeding to death on the battlefield. Last month, all Marines Corps' special ops units began carrying freeze-dried plasma into the field. Over the past five years, the military's special ops units in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have received about 1,000 kits of the freeze-dried plasma, including 430 this year.U.S. forces used freeze-dried plasma in World War II, but stopped after it was linked to hepatitis outbreaks.The U.S. military currently gets its supply from the French, whose plasma is made from volunteer donors. Teleflex is shooting to buy its donated plasma from blood banks and produce enough for the armed services and civilian emergency rooms in what is projected to be a $100 million-a-year market.
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