Finally in the news this week we look at a study on trauma patients and blood product administration presented to the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Dallas recently. The study looked at how prehospital transport might use tools like blood transfusion in the field for critical trauma patients.

Blood Products for EMS Trauma Patients

blood donate bagIn the study nearly 100 patients received blood products like plasma or packed red blood cells during transport either by ground or air to the trauma center. This was compared to nearly 500 standard trauma transports by EMS without blood product administration.

The study’s authors found that patients who received blood products in the field on the way to the trauma center were 8 percent more likely to survive after 6 hours in the hospital. They also found that these patients were 13 percent more likely to survive to hospital discharge but this was not found to be statistically significant. They recommended more study on factors that affect survival to discharge to further explain the significance of prehospital blood product administration.

Some EMS Units May Benefit Patients with Blood Products

I think this is something we need to pay attention to since we may have some form of blood products on some of our units in the future. Certainly not all units, given current technology and access to blood products, but I think we can expect it on aeromedical units going out on major trauma calls from a hospital center and on chase cars that can be sent from local hospitals with blood supplies in house.

Look for more studies like this one in the future as we continue to work on refining our pre-hospital care for major trauma patients.


Follow-up on the link for this and other news items as well as all of the additional resource links in the show notes for this episode – Blood Transfusions for EMS and Episode 363.



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