Approach to Handling Atypical Field Blood Transfusion Scenarios

Richard Neading, Tyler Scarborough, Michael O’connell, John Leasiolagi, Mark Little, John Burgess, Maxwell Hargrove, Amelia Goodfellow, Christopher J. Scheiber*, Andrew Cap, Mark H. Yazer

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Special Operations Forces (SOF) medical personnel have been at the forefront of administering blood products in the austere field medicine environment. These far-forward medical providers regularly treat patients and deliver blood transfusions in some of the world’s most extreme environments with minimal resources. A multitude of questions have been raised on this topic based on the unique experiences of senior providers in this field. In this paper, we analyze the available literature and present the recommendations of several experts in transfusion medicine for managing atypical field transfusion scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-81
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Special Operations Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • blood products
  • field medicine
  • low titer O whole blood
  • transfusion reactions


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