We were lucky enough to have Dr. John Hess, one of the fathers of the massive transfusion protocol, come and speak at the University of Maryland’s Critical Care Core Content series. He has been one of the leaders in a concept that has changed the way we think about traumatic hemorrhagic shock and his lecture is a MUST listen.
- Stop with the crystalloid already when resuscitating the patient in hemorrhagic shock! Early administration of FFP and platelets, appears to improve outcomes and reduce the requirement for massive transfusion/packed cells.
- Pay attention to the patient’s pH. In the initially non-coagulopathic patient, a drop in pH from 7.4 to 7.2 will reduce clotting activity by 50%. At a pH of 7.0 the patient’s clotting activity will be only 30%!
- What you see isn’t necessarily what you get – when using component therapy for 1:1:1 over fresh whole blood, a portion of the blood products the patient receives will not “survive” in circulation. In fact, about 10% PRBCs are lost in transfusion and up to 30% of platelets.
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