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Blood on board for air ambulance

Filed under: Air Ambulance News — Posted by: Richard on March 7, 2012

An air ambulance charity has become the country’s first to have blood supplies on hand.

This has become a reality thanks to a refrigeration unit which is used on a regular basis by the military in both America and the UK.

It means that blood transfusions can take place when the air ambulance is treating the patient, as opposed to them having to wait until they reach the hospital.

The air ambulance believes that they will set an example for other regions.

They had some convincing to do to the authorities with regards to the blood remaining safe inside the aircraft as well as being able to be sufficiently tracked beyond the hospital.

One of the service’s leading clinicians believes that this will ultimately allow them to save lives.

“I really believe that us carrying blood routinely is going to make a big difference to many of our patients. We attend about 90 patients a year who are bleeding to death when we get to them. About 160 patients don’t actually make it to hospital on top of that 90, so I think for about 250 patients we’re going to give them a better chance of survival by carrying the blood with us to scene.”

Their rapid response cars will now carry the blood when in operation, both day and night.

2011 saw the air ambulance rescue over 2,000 patients with almost a quarter of accidents stemming from falls, over a quarter from shootings or stabbings and close to a third from accidents on the road.

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