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Cambridgeshire Air Ambulance Flies Ahead With New Trial

A new trial of pre-hospital environment bloods was officially launched by Cambridgeshire MEP Alex Mayer as she visited the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

From Monday the RePHILL trial (Resuscitation Pre-Hospital) will mean patients can receive blood before they reach hospital.

Studies have shown the early transfer of packed red blood cells can lead to improved survival in patients with haemorrhagic shock.

The pints of blood will be delivered to the airport daily by SERV, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire’s group of volunteer bikers, ready for the Anglia Two helicopter to use on critical emergencies across Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. 

Last year alone EAAA attended over 2,000 missions.

Richard Hindson, EAAA Clinical Operations Manager said: “This trial will determine whether this strategy is effective or not. This is an important trial, which will ensure we are giving our patients the best possible treatment on scene and the best possible chance of recovery, and that for us is at the centre of everything we do.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to SERV for their phenomenal assistance with this trial and we look forward to the outcome.”

The Labour MEP added: “I’m delighted to launch this trial. It’s great that the East Anglian Air Ambulance is flying forward with this new idea to improve the outcomes for patients. I look forward to hearing how this early blood transfer, helps local injured people.” 

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