London Air Ambulance To Carry Blood

An air ambulance fleet is to become the first in the UK to carry blood on board its aircraft and cars. London Air Ambulance hopes the blood will help medics save more lives at the scene of an accident before a patient is transferred to hospital.

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London Air Ambulance draws first blood in fight to save lives

London's Air-Ambulance became Britain's first emergency service to carry blood whenever they're called to an accident. Experience has shown that when soldiers have been seriously injured in battle, an immediate blood transfusion can increase their chances of survival.

Phil Bayles reports now on how the same pricinple will now be applied around the capital.

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London's air ambulances to carry blood

London air ambulances will now carry blood to the scene of accidents Credit: London Air Ambulance

An air ambulance fleet is to become the first in the UK to carry blood on board its aircraft and cars. London Air Ambulance hopes the blood will help medics save more lives at the scene of an accident before a patient is transferred to hospital.

An air ambulance fleet is to become the first in the UK to carry blood on board its aircraft and cars. London Air Ambulance hopes the blood will help medics save more lives at the scene of an accident before a patient is transferred to hospital.

Every year staff from London Air Ambulance process around 100 "code reds" which involve alerting a hospital that it needs to have blood ready for a patient suffering severe blood loss.

Being able to administer blood at the scene could save some of these lives.

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