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Young men top list for air ambulance blood transfusions

Photo: GNAAS

Roadside blood transfusions helped save 18 lives in Cumbria and the north-east, in the first year of the Great North Air Ambulance's 'Blood on Board' project.

of patients treated in one year were young men.

Between April 2015 and March 2016, the air ambulance treated 846 patients - the aircraft base at Langwathby, near Penrith, attended 462 incidents.

Credit: GNAAS

In the first year of the Blood on Board project, more than 800 cool boxes were transported by Blood Bikes Cumbria and Northumbria Blood Bikes, to the two air ambulances bases at Langwathby and Darlington.

The majority of people treated during the project were young men involved in road traffic collisions.

83% of cases were high speed collisions and the rest were due to incidents involving crushing and assaults.

“About half of people with traumatic injuries who die, die from bleeding. Previously, stopping the bleeding could only be done in hospital, but one of the ways to buy yourself time is to replace the blood they’re losing. Carrying blood on board is a great step forward.”

– Dr Rachel Hawes, Head of Blood on Board project