Prehospital Blood Pilot Program Proves Initial Success in Saving Lives

In the state of Georgia, only air ambulance helicopters staffed with a registered nurse and paramedic can initiate blood products in a prehospital setting. Paramedics on ambulances are not licensed for this work. However, weather and availability create barriers to air medical helicopters serving all haemorrhaging patients who might benefit from receiving blood products before arriving at the hospital.

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