Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) first responders in Europe and globally are utilizing the Crēdo ProMed™ transport bag. The high-performing medical transport bag is designed to protect health sciences products, ensuring life-saving blood products can be used at the scene of emergencies, delivering critical pre-hospital care. Being able to give a pre-hospital transfusion at the scene of an incident could be a life-saving intervention for patients suffering significant bleeding and blood loss.
One of the latest air ambulance charities carrying blood in Pelican BioThermal’s Crēdo ProMed products is Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) in the UK. They join the growing number of air ambulance charities already deploying Crēdo ProMed on board aircraft, including Great North Air Ambulance Service, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Dr Anne Weaver, Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Pre-hospital Care with London’s Air Ambulance said: “When we arrive at the scene of a serious incident, we often find a patient losing a significant amount of blood. In these cases, every second counts and, as the first UK Air Ambulance to carry blood on board, we see the vital importance of being able to deliver transfusions on scene, pre-hospital, any time of the day or night.”
Since blood on board was introduced by Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), crews have administered more than 300 transfusions with the help of the Crēdo ProMed transport bag.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance utilizes Pelican BioThermal’s Crēdo Cube™ and Crēdo ProMed. Jez Pinnell, Medical Advisor for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “In 2019, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance gave 28 patients transfusions at the scene of an incident. Having blood on board allows us to start the transfusion process at scene instead of waiting until the patient gets to hospital.
These are just a few examples of how the Crēdo ProMed has been a critical component to HEMS services provided life-saving blood at the scene prior to arriving at a hospital.
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