Why no MCHD whole blood ... yet
MCHD medical directors discuss whole blood alternatives and implementation considerations
Texas has been the epicenter of the ground-based EMS integration of whole blood programs for hemorrhagic shock in the prehospital setting. The MCHD clinical staff have been watching the evidence closely and feeling the push from our own medics.
The decision to incorporate whole blood touches on factors including:
- Area size
- Trauma surgery availability and level
- Blunt versus penetrating trauma ratio
- System size and transport times
The discussion includes:
- Research review
- Large volume crystalloid
- Plasma vs. saline
- Minimizing waste
- The blood shortage
- Transport times
They also discuss whole blood alternatives, including:
Dr. Peter Antevy talks head-up CPR, whole blood use by EMS
In this episode, our co-hosts welcome back Dr. Peter Antevy who offers his thoughts on the direction the industry is heading and the up-and-coming hot topics
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