IDF soldier receives lifesaving transfusion en route

Posted By : Admin September 30, 2015

On October 26, a Palestinian stabbed a 19–year–old Israel Defense Forces soldier in the neck near Kiryat Arba. First-responders at the scene immediately dialed 1-0-1 and a Magen David Adom ambulance sped toward the scene.Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 4.44.20 PM

The injury the soldier sustained, having his carotid artery cut, is an injury that normally is tantamount to a death sentence. However, Magen David Adom capitalized on its dual role as both Israel’s national EMS service and as the supplier of 100 percent of the blood used by the Israel Defense Forces to save his life.

First, MDA dispatched a Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulance that arrived in minutes to begin treating the soldier and to quickly evacuate him to the hospital. Simultaneously, MDA dispatched a second ambulance carrying pints of O+ blood to meet the first ambulance while it was racing to the hospital.

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 4.43.49 PMWith the soldier losing blood at an alarming rate and at high risk of bleeding to death, MDA took the unusual — and ultimately lifesaving — measure of beginning a blood transfusion in the ambulance while the patient was en route. The soldier has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, having escaped what otherwise would have been certain death if not for MDA’s rapid and coordinated response.

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