On December 6, 2022, EHCMA Member LyondellBasell, Channelview Fire Department and Memorial Hermann Life Flight gathered to celebrate the launch of a new pre-hospital Whole Blood Program to address severe blood loss in emergency settings.
Funded by LyondellBasell and modeled after Memorial Hermann Life Flight’s Pre-hospital Blood Product Administration Program, Channelview Fire Department now carries one unit of O positive Whole Blood for patients that experience any medical or trauma-related condition that results in uncontrolled hemorrhage. The blood is stored in a temperature controlled refrigeration unit until it is ready to be administered.
Patients can receive the first unit of whole blood from the Channelview Fire Department and in conjunction with Memorial Hermann Life Flight, can be transported to the Texas Medical Center via helicopter with six additional units of blood product available (if needed) in preparation for surgery.
One patient has already benefited – the first unit of blood was given to a trauma patient in late November.
Channelview Fire Department is only the second fire department in the greater Houston area to launch a Whole Blood Program.
Sent by Victoria Clifton, EHCMA, on behalf of:
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