RNs regularly treat patients who are waiting for organ transplants—unfortunately, the waiting game proves fatal for **an estimated 18 patients a day. This is why regenerative medicine is critical and researchers at the Methuselah Foundation are actively funding projects like the world’s first 3D printed liver. Methuselah, located near Virginia travel nursing jobs, is offering a new organ prize of $1 million to the medical scientist(s) who can design the first viable human liver—a more challenging task for bio printing, since organs with their own vascular system are harder to create than, say, a human **bionic ear—already created by bio printers. The first bio printed liver is anticipated sometime this year!
As high tech as they sound, 3D printers are nothing new; the first working prototype was invented in 1984, and they have only been getting better since. 3D printers can generate working copies of everything from military supplies to auto parts, and what they are doing now for healthcare is even more amazing, as they make strides toward a world without an organ donor shortage; or, better yet, a world where donors are not necessary at all. The company “Organovo” explains these strides in this fascinating company profile video:
Watch an Organ Being Printed!
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It’s the stuff of science fiction to witness the creation of functional, 3-dimensional tissues that can be implanted or delivered into the human body to repair or replace what is damaged; better still, patients receiving printed organs will have little chance of rejecting that new heart, kidney or lung—because it will come from cells in their own bodies! One day, med/surg nurses will assist in harnessing nature’s ability to form organs and build our own, cell by cell with the “bio ink” regenerative medicine is based on. It turns out that cells survive the printing process so well, that 3D bio printing is likened to the ink jet printers RNs use in their nursing careers today.
In 50 years, RNs in cardiac nursing jobs will be trained to imprint sheets of cardiac tissue that attach to a patient’s damaged heart. Will healthcare teams be able to replace a liver that succumbed to alcoholism, lungs that failed because of too much smoking? Scientists studying regenerative medicine say that one day, yes, they will; but of course the best advice of all is to prescribe to a life of health and wellness, and strive to study these feats rather than rely on them. For more information on nursing careers in a blossoming, intellectually stimulating and forever evolving healthcare landscape, call or apply online at 50 States Staffing today!