UK Air Ambulance Service Begins Trial Tests of U.S. Pre-Hospital Treatments

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) could be about to blaze a new trail in treating some of the most seriously injured patients, thanks to a cross-Atlantic partnership.

Techniques and equipment being developed in the US are set to be trialled by the charity, which has bases in the North East and Cumbria, after a fact-finding mission by aircrew doctor Simon Le Clerc yielded positive results.

Dr Le Clerc, a consultant in emergency medicine, spent several weeks visiting hospitals and air ambulances in the US to look at ways to deal with non-compressible torso bleeding when in the pre-hospital environment.

Most common in road traffic incidents and bad falls, this type of bleeding is notoriously difficult to treat effectively before the patient gets into hospital.

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