Plasma administered in motorcycle accident


The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was yesterday called at 4.45pm to a road traffic collision. The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was yesterday called at 4.45pm to a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a heavy goods vehicle in Maryport, Cumbria.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was yesterday called at 4.45pm to a road traffic collision.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was yesterday called at 4.45pm to a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a heavy goods vehicle in Maryport, Cumbria. The GNAAS doctor-led aircrew worked alongside paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to treat the 27-year-old man for serious leg injuries. He was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, in a flight that took 35 minutes, this same journey would have taken around two hours by road. He arrived in a serious but stable condition.

Today, GNAAS was called at 8am to a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a car on the A591 near Kendal, Cumbria. The 38-year-old male motorcyclist had suffered multiple serious injuries in the collision with the car. The GNAAS aircrew worked alongside NWAS in assessing the patient. The GNAAS doctor then anaesthetised the patient before administering one unit of blood and one unit of plasma. He was flown to the Royal Preston Hospital in a flight that took 18 minutes. He arrived in a critical condition. This is the first time that plasma has been administered by the GNAAS crew. The charity started a three month trial of this pioneering pre-hospital treatment this week.

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