Pre-Hospital Blood Protection Provided to Air Ambulances by Peli BioThermal

posted on 6th May 2020 by Eddie Saunders
Pre-Hospital Blood Protection Provided to Air Ambulances by Peli BioThermal

Peli BioThermal, the global name in temperature-controlled packaging, has announced additional air ambulance crews across the United Kingdom are transporting vital blood products via the company’s Crēdo ProMed transport bag in a bid to save more lives.

Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) first responders in Europe and globally are utilising the Crēdo ProMed transport bag. The high performing medical transport bag is designed to protect health sciences products, ensuring lifesaving 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 lifesaving intervention for patients suffering significant bleeding and blood loss.

One of the latest air ambulance charities carrying blood in Peli 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 ProMeds on board aircraft, including Great North Air Ambulance Service, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance carries blood supplies on board its helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs). Since introducing blood on board they have carried out 48 transfusions.

Scott McIlwaine, Operations Manager at EHAAT, said:The decision to start carrying blood products on board our helicopters and RRVs was a major one for the charity, one which has significantly improved the care that can be delivered to patients.”

It was important for us to make sure that our critical care teams had the right equipment. That includes containers to ensure the blood is stored, transported and the correct temperature is maintained in the field for periods of up to 24 hours. After comprehensive research we selected Peli BioThermal Crēdo ProMed transport bags, and they have never let us down, added McIllwaine.”

EHAAT’s helicopters and RRVs carry packed red blood cells of type O Negative, meaning they can be used on any patient. When required, these are given with plasma, the other major component of human blood. Together these form a vital replacement for patients who have lost blood.

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.”