New trial to examine use of pre-hospital blood products
University of Warwick is collaborating with researchers at the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) to support a ground-breaking new study to investigate the effectiveness of giving patients blood products immediately after a major injury or trauma - before they reach hospital.
Currently when patients have been injured and are bleeding, either clear fluids or blood products may be used to replace lost blood en-route to hospital – but the approach varies by region.
This variation occurs because the effectiveness of giving blood products, such as packed red blood cells and freeze dried plasma, pre-hospital has not yet been scientifically tested and universal provision would have significant clinical, logistical and cost implications....