Is blood drinkable?
I guess it’s physically drinkable, but IIRC your stomach will reflexively vomit it back up regardless of the “eww” factor involved. I believe I was told this by a professor of mine, I will do my best to dig up an actual cite. Something to do with the hemoglobin in the red blood cells I think.
And yes, in my blood bank the packed red cell products for transfusion, as well as thawed plasma are stored at 4-6° Celcius.
Hijacks: Blood does not necessarily need to be warmed to transfuse, although blood warmers do exist. The main reasons for warming the blood is due to massive transfusions as well as some patients who have cold-reacting red cell antibodies. I’m sure there are plenty of other patiens who we use warmers for but mostly because they’ve shown signs/symptoms of tolerating transfusions better that way.
I also don’t think the “scabbing” over problem would be too bad unless it’s been sitting for a long time. Evaporation is much slower at lower temps, and for crissakes whom among us puts a cup of blood in the fridge without a cover on it?
BRB after I find a cite for the hemoglobin + stomach = vomit thing.
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bbs2k CLS (NCA)