The North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) has reached a significant milestone in its ‘Blood on Board’ project, which brings blood transfusion to critically ill and injured patients across the region.
The service administered blood products to its 100th pre-hospital patient in March 2021, after introducing the capability to perform pre-hospital blood transfusions by the road and in the field in January 2019.
NWAA attends over 2,000 missions each year, having attended 328 in Merseyside from March 2020 to March 2021.
Many a re major trauma incidents, the likes of which require advanced care at scene to improve patient outcomes prior to hospital admission. This includes roadside blood transfusions which increase oxygen delivery and clot production, both crucial when a patient is suffering from massive bleeding.
Clint Jones, consultant anaesthetist at the? North? West ?Air ?Ambulance ?Charity, said: “Since we introduced this capability with our partners, we’ve been closely monitoring and evaluating the impact it has had on patients.
“A significant number of patients who sustain traumatic injuries that cause massive blood loss, sadly pass away before reaching hospital. By transfusing blood and plasma as early as possible, we are drastically improving the chances of survival for the most seriously ill and injured patients we treat.
“The charity is so proud to have reached this milestone. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our partners who continue to make this possible and continue to support and champion our charity, including Blood Bikes and our colleagues in the NHS. The North West Air Ambulance Charity relies solely on donations to remain operational, and without the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, it would not be possible to deliver this life saving service.”