UBCO blood-loss examine in search of dark-skinned members – Kelowna Information

Study seeks participants

Rob Gibson | Story: 379669

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The University of British Columbia Okanagan needs dark-skinned people to take part in a new blood loss research study that is already underway.

UBCO PhD student Connor Howe says “hitting our skin pigmentation targets has been an issue.”

Howe says the study is designed to test sensors, and software for their ability to determine when someone’s going to faint from blood loss.

The study is being conducted by Howe and UBCO Professor Philip Ainslie.

“We are looking for healthy volunteers with dark skin pigmentation, free from disease, between the ages of 18-65.

To be involved in this study, you must not be currently taking regular medications with the exception of oral contraception,” says Howe.

The testing will require approximately two hours and requires the test subject to lay in a lower body negative pressure chamber while having their breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. The pressure is then progressively reduced which pulls blood down into your legs, simulating blood loss.

Test subjects will receive compensation and the results will help guide the development of technology to help detect the early signs of circulatory shock to help advise medical practice and treatment.

If you fit the study criteria and are interested in participating contact Howe at [email protected].

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