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From the Battlefield to the Operating Room: New Blood Transfusion Technique Being Tested

According to CBS News, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that a blood transfusion strategy developed to help soldiers in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan might be the best way to save civilians bleeding out from severe wounds. While hospitals currently use a 1-1-2 ratio of plasma, platelets and red blood cells, US Department of Defense guidelines use a 1-1-1 ratio for wounded soldiers in the field. Researchers randomly assigned 680 severely wounded patients one of the blood transfusion formulas. The new recipe significantly decreased blood loss in the patients, and doctors were able to stop the bleeding faster in those patients as well.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.