Air Ambulance reaches 100th blood transfusion milestone

Air Ambulance reaches 100th blood transfusion milestone

by Tom Martin (April 2021)

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.” 

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