Back to the Future: Whole Blood for Trauma Resuscitation
- Tag: bleeding, blood, Brothers in arms, cryoprecipitate, Don Jenkins, Elizabeth Walton, emergency, hemodynamics, John Holcomb, low-titer, LTOWB, plasma, Prehospital, South Texa Blood and Tissue Center, transfusion, trauma, whole blood
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All this talk about prehospital plasma is engaging. A lot of time and effort has been put into studying and administering plasma prior to arrival to the trauma bays. However, what if something new came along that made prehospital plasma antiquated? What if before prehospital plasma hits mainstream and is universally adopted all over the world, something derails that train? Well move over prehospital plasma, welcome whole blood. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that whole blood is superior to component therapy for the traumatically injured, and now it is being put on ambulances in Texas. And who better to talk about this, than our very own Dr. Rick Dutton.
Dr. Dutton is the Chief Quality Officer for US Anesthesia Partners. Rick has also served as the Chief Quality Officer for the ASA, were he was founding Director of the Anesthesia Quality Institute, and was the Director of Trauma Anesthesiology at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center after service in the United States Navy. Hopefully you find his contribution just as interesting as I did.