Trauma patients being transported by LifeFlight may now receive plasma in the air instead of waiting to reach the ER

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CLEVELAND -- Trauma patients being transported by Metro Life Flight may now receive plasma in the air instead of waiting to reach the emergency room.

The MetroHealth System is one of six locations nationwide to take part in a new study in which those with uncontrolled bleeding will be given two units of plasma in the helicopter.

The research will look to see if there is a benefit to delivering treatment that is normally given in the hospital at an earlier time.

The study will study questions that include the following:

  • Will bleeding stop earlier?
  • Will people require less blood?
  • Will people have less serious medical problems?
  • Will people get fewer infections in the hospital?
  • Will there be a lower incidence of acute lung injury and transfusion related to acute lung injury?

If MetroHealth and its partners discover that giving plasma on the way to the hospital helps injured people, they can improve the way emergency services use plasma nationwide, according to Metro.

The study will be conducted over four years. Patients must be 18 to 90 years old with low blood pressure or bleeding that does not get better with standard treatment.

The study will be conducted with an FDA exception because patients will not be able to give informed consent due to experiencing life-threatening bleeding and shock.

Those who do not want to participate can obtain a bracelet to opt out. Visit www.metrohealth.org/pamper or call (412) 864-1599 for more information.

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