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New Orleans EMS uses unique lifesaving technique for the 100th time on Sunday morning


New Orleans EMS injected blood into a woman shot on Bourbon Street Sunday morning while she was still on the street. They say this is a rare possibility for EMS services across the country and saves lives. Thomas Mauro was the paramedic who transfused her with the Lifeflow device. He can draw a victim’s blood in just 10 minutes compared to the usual 40 minutes it can take to draw a victim’s blood in the hospital. “A quick, quick blood transfusion is the most important thing you can do besides getting them to the hospital as quickly as possible. I feel better now that I can make more of a difference than before,” said Mauro. This is the 100th time New Orleans EMS has been able to use the service since it launched almost a year ago. They say they are seeing much better outcomes for people dealing with trauma who have received treatment, as opposed to those who have not in previous years. Mauro said they did not speak first. Regardless, you know New Orleans will likely continue to face challenges, but we will remain dedicated to overcoming them and continuing to provide New Orleans residents and visitors with the care they need. So whether 100 is high or 100 is low, regardless of why we give it, we’re happy,” said New Orleans EMS Captain Janick Lewis. Services are currently being billed outside of the EMS budget. no charge. Data is continuing to be collected to determine the effectiveness of the treatment, but members say it appears to work.

New Orleans EMS injected blood into a woman shot on Bourbon Street Sunday morning while she was still on the street. They say this is a rare possibility for EMS services across the country and saves lives.

Thomas Mauro was the paramedic who transfused her with the Lifeflow device. He can draw a victim’s blood in just 10 minutes compared to the usual 40 minutes it can take to draw a victim’s blood in the hospital.

“A quick, quick blood transfusion is the most important thing you can do besides getting them to the hospital as quickly as possible. I feel better now that I can make more of a difference than before,” Mauro said.

This is the 100th time New Orleans EMS has been able to use the service since it launched nearly a year ago. They say they are seeing much better outcomes for those dealing with treated trauma, as opposed to those without trauma in previous years.

“My first blood draw, the normal patient wouldn’t do well but when we brought that patient to the hospital, they talked and they didn’t talk before,” Mauro said.

They say other EMS services around the world are taking them as an example and are trying to adopt the approach in their own cities.

“Regardless, you know New Orleans will likely continue to face challenges, but we will remain dedicated to overcoming them and continuing to provide New Orleans residents and visitors with the care they need. that they need. So whether 100 is high or 100 is low, regardless of why we’re offering it, we’re happy,” said New Orleans EMS Captain Janick Lewis.

Services are currently being billed outside of the EMS budget. There is no fee for the patient. Data is continuing to be collected to determine the effectiveness of the treatment, but members say it appears to work.

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