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Blood in the sky: The growing trend of transfusing patients in the air

from By Mark Huber

In December, the BC Ambulance Service in Canada became the latest in a growing number of HEMS operators worldwide to carry blood — packed red blood cells — on board its helicopters. Transfusing patients in the air is nothing new, but now the practice is spreading worldwide, albeit slowly. Numerous studies have shown O-negative — the universally accepted WD40 of the human circulatory system — oxygenates the organs and appears to provide greater patient benefit than just keeping the plumbing running with bags of saline. more

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