North Channel EMS began carrying Low Titer O+ Whole blood products in September of 2019. This is a ground-breaking and critical treatment for trauma and medical patients that are experiencing shock from large amounts of blood loss (hemorrhagic shock). Dr. CJ Winckler brought this idea when he came on-board as the Medical Director in 2019. Dr. Winckler serves as the Medical Director for North Channel EMS and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center in both the Department of Emergency
Health Sciences and the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Winckler provides online medical direction and performance improvement processes for North Channel EMS paramedics and EMT’s. Dr. Winckler understands that hemorrhagic shock is a leading cause of death in adults and administering blood products to the patient prior to arrival to the hospital can significantly improve the chance of the patient surviving. Low Titer O+ Whole blood can be administered to anyone, regardless of their blood type – it is a “universal donor” type of blood. Whole blood products have red blood cells, plasma and clotting factors that can help carry oxygen and form a new clot to prevent further blood loss.
There are only a handful of EMS agencies in the world that are administering Whole Blood products in the pre-hospital setting. Since implementing the Low Titer O+ Whole Blood program in September of 2019, NCEMS has administered 13 units of Whole Blood to 13 patients. We have 7 saves, meaning the patients that received blood were discharged from the hospital. This includes one pediatric patient that received an additional 70+ blood products during surgery. This patient made a full-recovery and has returned to his community.