EMS Today: Building a Prehospital Whole Blood Program: What It Really Takes to Be Successful

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Building a Prehospital Whole Blood Program: What It Really Takes To Be Successful

Room: 214C

Wednesday, August 25, 2021: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The problem that fire and EMS departments have historically faced in treating patients in hemorrhagic shock is that bleeding cannot always be controlled and there is limited ability to provide blood replacement in the field. The San Antonio Fire Department looked to the military for a solution, and that solution is whole blood deployed on ground units made possible by new military technologies. This presentation will discuss the steps San Antonio took to meet the needs of its community. Those steps involve building a system of care. That system is involved and takes multiple stakeholders for success. The San Antonio Fire Department will share lessons learned.

Speakers

Dr. C. J. Winckler, Assistant Clinical Professor, UT Health SA; Deputy Medical Director, San Antonio Fire Department

Lt. William Bullock, Medical Officer, San Antonio Fire Department

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