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San Antonio Leads the Way in Whole Blood

San Antonio paramedics are now carrying whole blood on their ambulances, making it the first large metropolitan area to do so. Research predicts 200 residents could be saved with whole blood in the next year

KSAT recently reported that seven San Antonio Fire Department ambulances are now equipped with high-tech coolers and warmers allowing them to carry whole blood and perform blood transfusions on patients. The equipment was first put in local medical helicopters after the practice was proven to save lives on military battlefields. Because of significant increases in survival rates, the city is now expanding to include equipment on ground ambulances.

San Antonio is also active with Brothers in Arms, an initiative by South Texas Blood & Tissue Center to help establish a stable, easily replenished blood product that can be used in emergency situations.