Treated Small Intestine (image) University of California - San Diego Caption New research by bioengineers at UC San Diego shows that administering digestive enzyme blockers directly into the small intestines of rats an hour after the onset of different types of shock, reversed the often fatal conditions associated with shock such as sepsis and multiorgan failure, reducing injury to the heart and lungs and greatly increased long-term survival of the animals from about 16 percent to 86 percent. Credit UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, Microcirculation Laboratory. Usage Restrictions with credit Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.