30 Oct '17, 11pm

Study: Blood transfusions aboard medevacs 'critical' to survival.

Gravely injured troops who received blood transfusions during battlefield evacuations were more likely to survive than troops who first received them at a hospital, according to a new study. The study, led by doctors at the Joint Trauma System at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, provides the most conclusive data to date in support of what many doctors have said for years: people with severe bleeding should be given blood transfusions right away. “People who bleed to death die fast,” said Air Force Col. Stacy Shackelford, a trauma surgeon and the study’s lead author. “Getting blood to them as soon as possible is critical to their survival. We found a delay of even a few minutes had a strong effect.” The study found that 55 troops transfused with red blood cells, plasma or both aboard medevac helicopt...

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