The objective of this discussion is to provide insight to starting a prehospital whole blood program based on the experiences in San Antonio with their surrounding prehospital agencies, hospital, and blood bank partners. The panel will discuss a systematic deployment of prehospital whole blood, the clinical and supply benefits of using Low Titer O+ Whole Blood, and building quality improvement into a blood program. The discussion will include regulatory issues, patient outcomes, lessons learned, and best practices regarding FDA and American Association of Blood Banks regulatory requirements. We will also describe a groundbreaking South Texas plan to deliver whole blood to the scene of a mass casualty incident and the design of a walking blood bank to deliver fresh whole blood directly to patients and hospitals.
Literature Review of Best Practices in treating patients in hemorrhagic shock - Including POI treatment and Damage Control Resuscitation
Operational/Management Pitfalls and challenges in deploying whole blood in an EMS system.
Understand the logistics of whole blood versus component therapy use prehospital
Understand the logistics, collaboration, finance, quality improvement and administrative hurdles in deploying whole blood in a ground EMS agency; whether urban, suburban, rural or frontier