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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance helps first patient with life-saving blood supplies

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Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. (8665412)
Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. (8665412)

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has used blood products to help care for a critically injured patient for the first time this month.

On Friday (April 12) a critical care team gave a pre-hospital blood transfusion to stabilise a male patient involved in an accident before he was transferred to The Royal London Hospital's Major Trauma Centre.

This is the first time since EHAAT began carrying blood supplies on board its helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) last month that they have been used on a patient.

A transfusion at the scene could be a life-saving intervention for patients suffering significant bleeding and blood loss. Patients were previously given a saline solution, which doesn't carry oxygen or help with clotting.

EHAAT's air and road crews now carry packed red blood cells of blood group O Negative, meaning they can be used on any patient. They are supplied daily from The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow and delivered to EHAAT's air bases at Earls Colne and North Weald by riders from Essex Voluntary Blood Service (EVBS). The blood is replaced daily and replenished as required.

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