THOR Fresh Whole Blood Triage and Screening Tool

The Trauma Hemostasis and Oxygenation Research (THOR) Group has recently published an evidence-informed emergency donor panel questionnaire and triage tool that can be used for screening potential donors in contingency situations.

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Tactical Damage Control Resuscitation

A medic from the 75th Ranger Regiment conducts combat trauma management training April 15 at Fort Benning. Picture via: http://www.army.mil/article/149250/
75th Ranger Regiment medic – combat trauma management training

This article is a nice review of where we are (U.S. – and Norwegian – SOF) now in implementing a FWB program. It also gives good background and a simple algorithm of when to pull the trigger to initiate FWB transfusions.
In PFC, we may not have the luxury of confirmed typing and anti-A, anti-B titering, but rapid screening and typing at the point of care, as per the TMEPs protocol, should be adequate for “contingency” use of FWB.

                                                          Sean

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