Scilly Ambulance Crew To Trial Life Saving Medicine

Ambulance crew in Scilly are to carry a drug which can reduce the risk of patients with major wounds bleeding to death by up to 30%.

Tranexamic acid or TXA is used in operating theatres and in the armed forces.

The life-saving medicine inhibits the break down of blood clots, which can worsen bleeding in situations such as major trauma and costs just £3.10 for each adult dose.

The South Western Ambulance Service Trust is the first to use it and there’ll be a roll out here, in Cornwall and Devon over the next three months, before other ambulance services in the UK get it next year.