ambulance for Burnham-On-Sea area gets life-saving upgrade
distinctive yellow air ambulance that is used across the Burnham-On-Sea
area has been given a vital life-saving upgrade this week.
and Somerset Air Ambulance has this week announced an intiative
which will enable patients to receive blood products at the scene
blood transfusions are usually given to patients who suffer life-threatening
bleeding caused by major trauma or acute medical conditions.
of trauma deaths are due to bleeding, so being able to carry and
administer blood products to these patients before they get to
hospital could be a matter of life or death," said a spokesman.
the 20 air ambulance charities across the UK, Dorset and Somerset
Air Ambulance joins nine others who now carry blood products on
board their aircraft and rapid response vehicles."
a bid to ensure that patients in extremis have enough blood to
keep them alive until they reach hospital, Dorset and Somerset
Air Ambulance will carry four units of O type red blood cells,
unlike many others who only carry two.
Charity will become one of four air ambulance charities in the
UK to carry a combination of blood and plasma and the only air
ambulance charity in the South West to do so.
Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive
Officer, added: "To the lay person, the decision to carry
blood in the Air Ambulance seems very straightforward. However,
in reality, it takes an enormous amount of careful consideration
and detailed planning by a number of organisations to make it
together the experience and expertise of the Air Ambulance, Dorset
County Hospital, SWASfT and Devon Freewheelers and the generous
support of the Henry Surtees Foundation, epitomises what can be
achieved through good collaboration. The whole really is much
more than the sum of its parts and our patients will bear witness
to that in the years to come."