Helping Save Lives Globally

Helping Save Lives Globally

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

The Crēdo™ ProMed is increasingly being utilized by Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) crews worldwide as medics rely on its robust durability to safely and securely transport blood products to the scenes of emergencies. The Crēdo™ ProMed has been featured on televised documentaries in the UK including the BBC Television program Ambulance.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance are among the latest to carry blood products onboard their aircraft and recently introduced the service for the first time, utilizing the Crēdo™ ProMed. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) started carrying blood supplies on board its helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs). This major development provides a significant improvement in the care that can be provided to patients.

Scott McIlwaine, Clinical Operations Manager at EHAAT said:
“The decision to start carrying blood products on board our helicopters and RRVs was a major one for the charity, one which has significantly improved the care that can be delivered to patients. “It was important for us to make sure that our critical care teams had the right equipment. That includes containers to ensure the blood is stored, transported and the correct temperature is maintained for periods of up to 24 hours. “After comprehensive research we selected Pelican BioThermal Crēdo™ ProMed transport bags, and they have never let us down.”

Being able to give a pre-hospital transfusion at the scene of an incident could be a life-saving intervention for patients suffering significant bleeding and blood loss. It reduces the time lost in having to take a patient to a hospital to receive blood. Patients who have suffered blood loss were previously given a saline solution, which doesn’t carry oxygen or help with clotting of injuries.

EHAAT’s helicopters and RRVs carry packed red blood cells of blood group O Negative, meaning they can be used on any patient. When required, these are given with plasma, the other major component of human blood. Together these can form an effective replacement for patients who have lost blood.

Photos courtesy of ehaat.org