JAMA: Association of Prehospital Blood Product Transfusion During Medical Evacuation of Combat Casualties in Afghanistan With Acute and 30-Day Survival.

A JAMA-published study concluded that “among medically evacuated US military combat causalities in Afghanistan, blood product transfusion prehospital or within minutes of injury was associated with greater 24-hour and 30-day survival than delayed transfusion or no transfusion. The findings support prehospital transfusion in this setting.”

The study authors are:

  1. Joint Trauma System, Defense Center of Excellence for Trauma, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas
  2. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.
  3. US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, Fort Rucker, Alabama.
  4. Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
  5. Army Trauma Training Department, Miami, Florida.


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