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London's Air Ambulance to carry blood

06 March 2012

London’s Air Ambulance Service believes that hundreds of lives could be saved as vital blood transfusions can now be given at the scene rather than later in hospital.


The Air Ambulance will carry 4 units of O- which can be given to any patients. The blood can be stored for 72 hours, after which it will be returned to hospital stocks. This means that the blood will not be wasted.


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