Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance Service to Save More Lives with On-Site Blood Transfusions

The Lincs and Notts air ambulance service will start carrying blood supplies on board. This will enable them to carry out on-site blood transfusions and save more lives. This change is expected to significantly enhance the quality of pre-hospital care provided by the crew. Patients will now have an even better chance of recovery even in the most critical injuries.

One of Six Air Ambulance Helicopters to Offer On-Site Blood Transfusions

With the Lincs and Notts air ambulance helicopter carrying blood supplies on board there are now six air ambulance helicopters in the U.K. that can provide on-site blood transfusions. The implementation of the project is being overseen by Dr. David Cookson, who stated that the recent advances in devices have made it possible for air ambulance service crews to administer blood transfusions outside of a hospital environment.

In cases where the patient is bleeding heavily and has very low blood pressure, they have difficulty pumping oxygen to vital organs. So administering blood transfusion is a crucial step to providing treatment to these patients. This improves their chances of survival as they’re being transported to the hospital.

Specialist Training to Air Ambulance Service Crew

The Lincs and Notts crew has been provided a specialist training to carry blood supplies on board and administer it to patients in need. The blood supply is from Lincoln County Hospital, delivered on a daily basis by the Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikers.

The helicopter will be transporting the blood supply in thermostatically-controlled boxes              that were specially designed for carrying blood. The helicopter also has a machine to warm the blood so it can be administered at the correct temperature. The crew will be administering the blood to patients whose blood pressure is dangerously low and are suspected to be bleeding significantly.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Saves Lives with Vital Blood Supply Onboard its Air Ambulance Transport Helicopters

Since Wiltshire Air Ambulance began equipping its helicopters and rapid response vehicles with blood, its crew has managed to carry out blood transfusions for 35 patients. 28 of these patients managed to survive till they were dropped off at the hospital. Emergency blood supply is one step up for air ambulance transport services who wish to provide comprehensive life-saving services to their patients.

Pre-hospital Blood Transfusions Proven to be Beneficial

Before the air ambulance transport service began carrying blood in August 2015, it estimated that pre-hospital blood transfusions would need to be carried out for around one or two patients every month. Once it started equipping its aircrafts and vehicles with emergency blood supply, Wiltshire Air Ambulance has noticed that the procedure was carried out on an average of three patients a month during the first 12 months.

40-year-old, Mark Bryant, was one of the patients who survived after WAA’s crew provided him with pre-hospital blood transfusion. He had been involved in a critical road traffic collision and had suffered from extensive blood loss. This incident occurred only two weeks after the service began carrying blood and Bryant has expressed his gratitude towards Wiltshire Air Ambulance for saving his life.

Air Ambulance Transport gets Blood Supply Daily

Wiltshire Air Ambulance gets two units of O- blood every day from Southmead Hospital, delivered to them through Freewheelers EVS, the blood bike charity. If necessary, they can also get additional deliveries on an emergency basis. If the blood isn’t used within 24 hours, it is then returned to the hospital through the same delivery service in over to prevent waste.

WAA Chief Executive, David Philpott, has said that the decision to carry blood in their helicopters has proven to beneficial and even lifesaving in many cases.