22-Jul-2019 Source: DRF Luftrettung
The DRF Luftrettung promotes an innovative research project of the University Medical Center Greifswald with 15,000 euros. In order to optimally carry blood products in the rescue helicopter in the future and to be able to use them directly at the place of work, the project will investigate possible effects on the canned goods through storage and transport in the helicopter.
If an emergency patient suffers from massive blood loss, he is immediately in mortal danger. In this case, the rapid administration of blood and blood products on-site can be life-saving. “The aim of the Greifswald University Medical Center is, in cooperation with the helicopter station of the DRF Luftrettung, to develop a scientifically proven procedure for the safe use of blood products in air rescue – thus sustainably improving the medical emergency care of the population”, explains Dr. med. Krystian Pracz , Director of the DRF Luftrettung. “Therefore, the DRF Luftrettung has decided to support the project of the University Medical Center Greifswald in addition to the practical cooperation also with funding amounting to 15,000 euros.”
The scientifically proven method, which has been scientifically tested for the first time, is intended to ensure safe provision of blood and plasma preserves in the rescue helicopter and, in an emergency, to be used for patient care. “Because of their speed, our helicopters are often the first to rescue seriously injured or diseased emergency patients. After successfully testing the procedure, we now intend to carry blood and coagulation products as part of the helicopter at selected DRF air rescue stations. ” Jörg Braun, Head of Medicine at the DRF Luftrettung. Currently, the project is about to be put into live operation.