NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - AirLink, the helicopter at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, is now carrying plasma in addition to packed red blood cells to help critical patients who have suffered injuries that cause severe blood loss.
The helicopter is one of the first in the state to offer plasma in the field.
“The ability to deliver plasma to the bleeding patient before arrival at a trauma center has been shown to improve patient outcomes. We are very excited to continue to offer cutting edge therapy to the patients we serve throughout the region,” said William F. Powers IV, MD, FACS, Medical Director of AirLink/VitaLink Critical Care Transport.
According to the hospital, red blood cells administered in the field carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body while plasma helps with clotting to slow blood loss.
Every AirLink helicopter has highly specialized equipment including ultrasound, laboratory testing, high flow nasal cannulas, ventilators, and cardiac monitors with hemodynamic monitoring systems.
AirLink began carrying packed red blood cells aboard each helicopter in 2017.