‘Brothers in Arms’ program brings battlefield advances to civilian trauma care; Future expansion of initiative could help save more lives in mass-casualty situations
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, today launched a program to aid accident and trauma patients served by area air medical services and hospital helicopters. The program, “Brothers in Arms,” will enable air medical crews to administer special pre-hospital transfusions of whole blood, proven to counter blood loss and dramatically improve survival rates when tested in battlefield situations.
San Antonio is one of the first cities to implement the system, which is based on a battlefield transfusion program developed by the U.S. military and later adapted at the Mayo Clinic trauma center. The 75th Ranger Regiment “O Low-Titer Whole Blood Program” was the recipient of the Army’s Greatest Innovation Award in 2017