Life Flight Air Ambulance First in Iowa to Bring Blood to Patients
July 9, 2013
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
Life Flight air ambulance is only one of few medical centers in the country to have the capabilities to carry blood on aircraft.
Beginning in July 2013, Life Flight will become the only transport program in Iowa, and one of a couple in the Midwest to provide this service.
Life Flight will have available both O negative Packed Red Blood Cells (PRBC's) and AB Plasma, understanding that only a small fraction of our total patient population will require the emergent administration of these products. The recipients of this will have benefits that will be long-lasting.
The purpose for this pursuit was to reduce our reliance on referring facilities, speed the administration of products, and improve patient outcome. In this pursuit, we learned many of our referring hospitals have 0-4 units of O negative blood available any given day. Additionally, they have zero units of Plasma available in the thawed and ready state. The fastest any referring hospital could provide Plasma was approximately 45 minutes, in ideal conditions.
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