After over a year of preparation, the UF Health ShandsCair team performed its first in-flight prehospital blood transfusion in December.
UF Health’s Don Irving, ShandsCair pilot, guided the flight, in which Staccie Allen, D.N.P., APRN, EMT-P, CFRN, C.C.P., ShandsCair flight nurse, and Jesse Blaire, EMT-P, C.C.P., flight paramedic, were able to give a patient one unit of blood to help stabilize their blood pressure and heart rate before landing.
“You see the benefits of providing blood quickly in tons of military literature, and much of what we do is derived from that,” Allen said. “We realized how important access to blood is before getting to the hospital, and research shows how much of a difference it makes. It makes an incredible impact on patient outcome.”