Prehospital Blood Onboarding Program for EMS Agencies (USA Only)
Interested in setting up a prehospital blood program, but you are unsure where to start? We will put you in touch with an expert to get you pointed in the right direction.
3 hours consulting by a blood expert on the following topics:
Dr. Randall M. Schaefer (Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired), DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN, served for 20 years as an Emergency/Trauma Nurse in operational units and fixed facilities in clinical and staff officer roles. She deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. During deployments, she was involved in establishing and implementing Walking Blood Banks at the unit and operational levels. In 2016, during her time at Ft Hood, her vigorous patient and clinician advocacy resulted in hospital policy allowing for the storage of Emergency Release Blood Products in the Trauma Room for immediate use. This effort resulted in a decreased time from recognizing the need for an emergency blood transfusion to the time of actual transfusion.
Upon retirement from Active Duty in 2017 until 2021, she worked at the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) as the Director of Research for the Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP) funded RemTORN grant. She was the program manager for developing and implementing the country’s first multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary Regional Whole Blood Program, comprised of 18 ground EMS agencies, ten helicopter EMS bases, and numerous hospitals throughout South Texas. She developed a comprehensive program onboarding process for EMS agencies as they navigated the process of carrying prehospital whole blood. She presented the work at over a dozen conferences, including EMS World, Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA), Air Medical Transport Association, and Military Health Systems Research Symposium (MHSRS). She is the lead author or co-author of ten publications regarding the use of prehospital blood or low titer O positive whole blood (LTOWB).
Dr. Schaefer received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of San Francisco, her Master of Science in Nursing from Widener University, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Texas Health-San Antonio. Her doctoral project collaborated with the San Antonio Fire Department, “Increasing prehospital transfusion rates in patients experiencing hemorrhagic shock: A quality improvement initiative”.
Disclaimers: Quality In Flow (QinFlow) facilitates the consultation by Dr. Schaefer, who acts as an independent consultant; QinFlow itself does not provide the consultation. QinFlow is not responsible for the content or the quality of the consulting services and shall bear no liability towards clients with respect thereto; Dr. Schaefer is solely responsible and liable for the consulting services. By participating in the orientation session or onboarding program and/or by agreeing to receive the consulting services, you agree to waive any claims against QinFlow and its officers and employees with respect thereto.