Texas fire department starts carrying whole blood to perform blood transfusions in the field

  • Source: Houston Chronicle - Metered Site
  • Published: 01/14/2022 12:00 AM

Cy-Fair Fire Department supervisor vehicles will now be equipped with whole blood for patients experiencing rapid blood loss from trauma. The department began providing pre-hospital whole blood for patients at the point of injury on Jan. 6, a collaboration with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Justin Reed, assistance chief of EMS for CFFD, said the project has been three years in the making with GCRBC. “The partnership was the most important thing to getting this off the ground and seeing it through to the finish line,” he said. “We have to make sure we’re good stewards of that and so working with Gulf Coast and having a collaborative dialogue explaining ‘this is what we can project,’ ‘this is what we can provide,’ and making sure everything we do is not just because it’s the flashy new thing but because it’s going to make a difference in our community.”


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