has made it possible for the air ambulance to carry blood. This means that blood can be given at the scene of an accident instead of waiting until the patient arrives at hospital. " />

London's Air Ambulance now carries blood

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London Ambulance believes that many lives could be saved.  Other regional units are looking at carrying blood too.

The blood is kept in a "golden hour" box, which can keep four units of O-negative blood (which can be transfused into any patient) at a steady 4oC for up to 72 hours. Unused blood can be returned to hospital stores, so no stocks are wasted.

This is something I had not previously considered, but is another way that the emergency services can save the lives of bleeding accident victims at the scene.

This looks like a good reason to donate blood to ensure that it is available when needed.

Patricia Wakeford

Solicitor - Clinical negligence team

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