A new study shows that prehospital administration of blood plasma during air triage increases survival of traumatically injured patients with severe bleeding. A phase 3 randomized trial conducted by researchers at Parkland Memorial Hospital (Dallas, TX, USA), the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC; PA, USA), and other institutions compared outcomes in a cohort of 501 trauma patients in danger of hemorrhagic shock transported to nine participating trauma centers. About half received two units of blood plasma during air medical transport, and the others did not. Most study participants were men who had suffered a blunt trauma, such as from a fall from a height or a vehicle crash. Study investigator Professor Jason Sperry, MD, MPH, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center noted “this is the first trial in quarter century to have the potential to alter pre-hospital care so considerably.” See the link for the rest of the article.
Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Jason Sperry, MD, MPH University of Pittsburgh Medical Center