This session will allow the attendee to gain insight and practical knowledge into the set-up and evolution of an air ambulance service including blood product availability, patient outcomes, and emerging evidence driving pre-hospital transfusion practice at a Level 1 Trauma Center. Presenters will discuss the practicalities of blood transport/storage for the air ambulance from blood storage on the helipad to offsite logistics of storing blood at an airport. Regulatory and accreditation considerations with respect to equipment validations and maintenance will also be discussed. Additionally, the presentation will cover how pre-hospital transfusions are benefiting our patients through multiple services collaborating to move toward a common goal of providing the right blood products at the right time. Attendees will also learn about current research being performed with the goal of providing novel products for the air ambulance to better serve patients and other hot topics on the pre-hospital transfusion resuscitation horizon.
Identify key components to consider when developing an air ambulance service with transfusion capabilities.
Create successful and compliant equipment validations to support blood storage/transport by an Emergency Transport Transfusion Program.
Evaluate current best practices and emerging trends with respect to pre-hospital transfusion practices and blood products.