Blood Transfusion During Flight to Trauma Center Boosts Survival: Study

February 16, 2015 7:00 PM

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MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving a blood transfusion while being flown via helicopter to a trauma center raises a patient's chances of survival, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed five years of data to compare outcomes among 240 patients who received in-flight blood transfusions and 480 who did not. The patients were transported to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which has 18 helicopter bases in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland.

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