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Air ambulance first in UK to carry blood

London's Air Ambulance is carrying blood supplies, making it the first such service in the UK to do so.

The innovation has been made possible due to a new refrigeration unit used by the British and American military.

It will allow blood transfusions to be administered on the scene of accidents, rather than later in hospitals.

London's Air Ambulance believes hundreds of lives could be saved, and regional services are looking to follow suit.

Neil Bowdler reports.

  • 06 Mar 2012
  • From the section Health
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