(December 12, 2018) The Frisco Fire Department is the first fire department in North Texas with the ability to administer blood products to critical patients in the field. In conjunction with Medical City Plano, Frisco Fire Department Paramedics can deliver life-saving transfusions to patients in shock from blood loss before they arrive at the hospital.
“Prior to today, patients who needed blood were completely dependent on how fast we could get them to a hospital,” said Dr. Mark Gamber, DO, Frisco Fire Department Medical Director. “Now, with early transfusion for severe blood loss, Frisco Fire will give critically ill patients a better chance of survival.”
Frisco Fire Department EMS leaders reviewed current military and civilian research which indicates early transfusion, can improve the odds of survival from hemorrhagic shock. Frisco FD partnered with Medical City Plano, a Level 1 Trauma Center, to set up a process to make blood products available in a pre-hospital setting while ensuring the blood products are cycled in a manner that no waste will occur.
One Frisco Fire Department vehicle will carry blood products in an onboard refrigerator with the capability to utilize a warmer to bring blood to the appropriate temperature to administer. Frisco Fire Department Paramedics have received additional training on how to administer blood to patients in a pre-hospital setting.
“Frisco Firefighters are committed to providing the highest level of care possible. This program is definitely a team effort, and I would like to thank Dr. Gamber and Medical City Plano for the hard work and assistance to get this program started” said Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland. Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death from age 1-44 according to statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Minutes count when a patient is dying of blood loss and Frisco Fire Department is now even more prepared to respond.