Wales Air Ambulance has become one of the first air ambulance teams in Europe to have three types of blood products at the scene of an emergency.
Wales Air Ambulance has become one of the first air ambulance teams
in Europe to have three types of blood products at the scene of an
The charity’s helicopters now carry red blood cells, lyoplas and
fibrinogen concentrate. These help to stop bleeding and replenish lost
Dindi said: “This life-saving technology is inspired by military
medicine used in Afghanistan, where heavy blood loss through trauma
needs to be urgently stemmed and replenished.
“We will be one of the first civilian services in Europe to offer
this treatment. Currently, some air ambulance services in the UK only
carry red blood cells, the Wales Air Ambulance will also carry lyoplas
and fibrinogen concentrate, which aid the clotting process that prevents
Red blood cells: A fundamental part of the human circulatory
system, red blood cells transport oxygen to bodily organs. Wales Air
Ambulance carries O negative blood, which is compatible with all other
blood groups, on missions.
Lyoplas: A freeze-dried derivative of plasma, a liquid component
that makes up approximately 50 per cent of blood. When mixed with water,
it can be used to help aid blood transfusions at the scene of an
Fibrinogen concentrate: A concentrated dose of fibrinogen, which
helps aid the blood clotting process. As with Lyoplas and the red blood
cells, the Fibrinogen concentrate is extracted from blood donated by
members of the public.
The blood is supplied by the Welsh Blood Service.