Airbourne Paramedics In Blood Transfusion Trials

23 April 2018, 18:25 | Updated: 23 April 2018, 18:27

East Anglian Air Ambulance

One of this area's Air Ambulances Services, the East Anglian Air Ambulance are to take part in a trial to see if giving blood transfusions to some trauma patients makes a difference to their care.

The idea is to see if giving blood by the airborne paramedics improves how the patients eventually recover after having been involved in some of the more serious trauma incidents.

During the trial, the East Anglian Air Ambulance will get daily supplies of both blood and saline (salty water); but it'll be a blind test so only the analysts will know what the patient's been given.

Richard Hindson, EAAA Clinical Operations Manager, who is leading on the delivery of the trial said:

"We are delighted to be taking part in this trial as there is currently no evidence to suggest either way whether giving pre-hospital blood products on scene will actually improve patient outcomes, and we don’t know if giving blood and plasma early in the course of injury aids survival.

This trial will determine whether this strategy is effective or not. This is an important trial, which will ensure we are giving our patients the best possible treatment on scene and the best possible chance of recovery, and that for us is at the centre of everything we do."

EAAA crew from the Cambridge base will join their colleagues already part of the trial from the Norwich base and are joined in the trial by several other air ambulance service providers.

See more about the trial here: