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November 26, 2011

Crash-2 going viral

The CRASH-2 trial of tranexamic acid versus placebo in adult trauma patients with significant bleeding reported in 2010. When given within 8 hours, preferably earlier, tranexamic acid reduced all-cause mortality by about a tenth and death due to bleeding by about a sixth, with no increased risk of thromboembolic side-effects.
And it’s as cheap as chips.   The cost per life year saved is about $50.
Despite these compelling findings, an audit of UK hospitals in 2011 showed that, of 412 trauma patients who were ill enough to need a blood transfusion and therefore eligible for tranexamic acid treatment, only 12 (3%) received the drug. The implementation rate in low-income and middle-income countries could well be lower still.

Watch the video and post the link to your colleagues.   Click here

Jim Thornton

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ngwang Prosper permalink
    January 30, 2012 2:43 pm

    Great ideas!


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