Med Care EMS ambulances equipped with blood for field transfusions

1 year 1 month 4 weeks ago Thursday, July 29 2021 Jul 29, 2021 July 29, 2021 9:16 PM July 29, 2021 in News - Local

Med Care EMS announced a new tool onboard ambulances to help critically ill patients suffering from traumatic injuries.

Ambulances with Med Care EMS in McAllen are equipped with blood on hand that can be used to perform potentially life-saving transfusions on patients before they arrive at the hospital.

Clinical Coordinator with Med Care EMS Richard Becerra says they respond to trauma-related calls daily, so having O-positive blood on board allows them to better care for patients who desperately need a transfusion.

Med Care EMS began carrying the blood in March, and since then, they’ve done four successful field transfusions. Becerra says they’re able to use the blood on any patient without having to crossmatch it.

“It’s definitely a confidence booster,” Becerra said. “Being able to have more treatments for our patients, better treatment for our patients and get them into a situation where we can potentially help them out a lot more.”

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