Amy Cowperthwait has a good recipe for blood if you ever need one. Good consistency, good color (unless you’re a green-blooded skink) and it flows the way it’s supposed to. No, she’s not a chef for Count Dracula. She’s a clinical nurse specialist in the University of Delaware’s Nursing Resource Simulation Center, and she has been cooking up packs of the plasma-like product to help nursing students, medical technicians and others learn the art of drawing blood. It will be part of a kit her new company—Avkin—produces to help learners practice such procedures in realistic ways using silicon “skin” that has similar resistance to a needle, for example, and this fake blood that is drawn into an intravenous catheter just as real blood would be in a clinic. Read the full article in the University of Delaware Research magazine

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