Can Blood or Plasma Donations Lower PFAS Levels?

Can Blood or Plasma Donations Lower PFAS Levels?

Can Blood or Plasma Donations Lower PFAS Levels?

MFB and UFU with Macquarie University to partner on world-first PFAS study.

Can regular blood or plasma donations reduce the level of chemicals in firefighters’ blood? That’s the question Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the United Firefighters Union are hoping to answer with a new research project.

MFB and the UFU have announced a clinical pilot study into per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. The world-first study will focus on the impacts of blood and plasma donation on PFAS levels.

MFB has commissioned Macquarie University to conduct the research, which will be undertaken over a 12-month period, with 350 firefighters and staff participating.

Environmental Sciences’ Mark Taylor says the study is important for firefighters who have one of the highest exposures to PFAS through their occupation.

“This is the world’s first systematic intervention study to assess the efficacy of using phlebotomy (blood and plasma donation) to lower PFAS levels,” he says.

“As such, it will provide critical insight into possible future treatments.”

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