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Table 2 Summary of patients receiving pre-hospital PRBC

From: Pre-hospital transfusion of packed red blood cells in 147 patients from a UK helicopter emergency medical service

No. of patients administered PRBCs 147
Male sex n (%) 114 (78%)
Mean age years (range) 42.3 (9–92 years)
Penetrating injury n (%) 14 (10%)
Blunt injury n (%) 128 (87%)
Non-injury n (%) 5 (3%)
RTC related n (%) 103 (73%)
Mean units PRBCs administered (SD) 2.4 (1.1)
Received RSI n (%) 73 (50%)
Thoracostomy n (%) 97 (66%)
Thoracotomy n (%) 6 (4%)
Median distance to major trauma centre (IQR) in km 43. 8 (27.6 – 72.4)
Median (IQR) time from 999 call to HEMS arrival in mins 34.5 (25.0 – 48.8)
Median (IQR) HEMS scene time in mins 46.0 (34.5 – 63.0)
Median (IQR) time from HEMS arrival to receiving hospital in mins 76.0 (66.0 – 98.0)
Median (IQR) time from ‘999’ call to arrival at receiving hospital in mins 114.0 (103.0 – 140.0)