Oxygenated Fluorocarbons (P4MO)

One Treatment (Five Liters)





The oxygenated fluorocarbon compound known as perfluoro-4-methyl-octahydroquinalidine (P4MO) is widely used as a blood substitute. Its use in emergency situations helps to prevent the mismatching of blood types. Fluorocarbons like P4MO also exceed the capabilities of the blood's natural hemoglobin as a vehicle for gaseous exchange. In other words, P4MO dissolves a higher percentage of oxygen from the lungs into the blood. When introduced into healthy subjects, P4MO allows them to achieve higher levels of physical performance.

P4MO is purged through perspiration without being metabolized. P4MO has a half-life of about one week, so treatments are not usually effective beyond that period. Replacing the P4MO lost due to half-life deterioration is not recommended until fluorocarbon levels in the blood drop below 25 percent, which occurs about three weeks after initial application. If replaced too early, P4MO dramatically increases the chance of death by "bubble embolism."

P4MO is added to the bloodstream in 5-liter treatments. This treatment adds two dice to all Athletics Tests and effectively doubles the amount of time a person can hold his breath (ie., 90 seconds instead of 45). This effect lasts one week; after the initial week, all benefits are lost until P4MO levels are replaced. If P4MO treatments are taken in rapid succession (before the fluorocarbon level decreases-three weeks or less), the character can suffer an embolism and die. Roll 2D6 - on a 2, the character dies. Repeated doses increase the chance of embolism by 1. The next roll, the character would die on 2 or 3, and so on.

Man & Machine, page 113

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