Saving Lives With Hemostatic Medicine – Part 1 of 3
Saving Lives With Hemostatic Medicine. A medicament commonly used to prevent excess bleeding in surgeries could keep thousands of people from bleeding to death after trauma, a imaginative study suggests. The drug, tranexamic acid (TXA) is cheap, widely available around the world and easily administered. It works by significantly reducing the rate at which blood clots condition down, the researchers explained. “When people have serious injuries, whether from accidents or violence, and when they have severe hemorrhage they can bleed to death.
This treatment reduces the chances of bleeding to death by about a sixth,” said researcher Dr Ian Roberts, a professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. According to Roberts, each year about 600000 kith and kin bleed to passing worldwide. “So, if you could reduce that by a sixth, you’ve saved 100000 lives in one year”.
The report, which was primarily funded by philanthropic groups and the British government, is published in the June 15 online issue of The Lancet. For the study, Roberts and colleagues in the CRASH-2 consortium randomly assigned more than 20000 trauma patients from 274 hospitals across 40 countries to injections of either TXA or placebo.