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2024-07-10 05:00:06

Did you know that blood loss is the leading cause of preventable death after trauma, yet most ambulances don’t carry blood because it is perishable and type-specific?

Imagine if every first responder and hospital had shelf-stable blood stocked for use on any patient needing an emergency transfusion.

Blood loss after injury is responsible for over 25,000 lost lives each year in the US alone1 , and billions of dollars in medical care and lost productivity. Every minute of delay in replacing lost blood increases mortality by 5%2 , yet 47 million Americans live more than an hour from a trauma center3 , and most ambulances do not carry blood. Once approved, ErythroMer™ will be supplied as a freeze-dried powder, shelf-stable without refrigeration, and packaged as a unit equivalent to one unit of red blood cells – “just add water” for rapid use at the point of care or on the way to the hospital.

1. Spinella, P.C. and A.P. Cap, Prehospital hemostatic resuscitation to achieve zero preventable deaths after traumatic injury. Curr Opin Hematol, 2017. 24(6): p. 529-535. 2. Meyer, D.E., et al., Every minute counts: Time to delivery of initial massive transfusion cooler and its impact on mortality. J Trauma Acute Care Surg, 2017. 83(1): p. 19-24. 3. Branas C.C., MacKenzie E.J., Williams J.C., Schwab C.W., Teter H.M., Flanigan M.C., ReVelle C.S. Access to trauma centers in the United States. JAMA. 2005;293:2626–2633. doi: 10.1001/jama.293.21.2626.

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