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.

In this episode of the MCHD Paramedic Podcast, join MCHD Medical Directors Dr. Dickson and Dr. Patrick as they discuss the "why" behind no whole blood at MCHD (yet).

The decision to incorporate whole blood touches on factors including:

In this episode of the MCHD Paramedic Podcast, join MCHD Medical Directors Dr. Dickson and Dr. Patrick as they discuss the
In this episode of the MCHD Paramedic Podcast, join MCHD Medical Directors Dr. Dickson and Dr. Patrick as they discuss the "why" behind no whole blood at MCHD (yet). (Photo/Getty Images)
  • 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
  • Costs

They also discuss whole blood alternatives, including:

  • TXA
  • Freeze dried plasma
  • Component therapy
  • Calcium
  • Fibrinogen concentrate



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