Doctors and paramedics in Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) have performed nearly 70 emergency blood transfusions since the service was launched a year ago today (February 4).
KSS Air Ambulance said the medical procedure was carried out 69 times at the scene of an accident or medical emergency.
It was one of the first air ambulance charities in the country to start carrying blood.
A total of 160 units of blood were administered to patients who had life-threatening injuries with those aged 20 to 29 being the largest group of recipients, according to the charity.
Air Ambulance Clinical Manager Gary Wareham, who pioneered the launch of the blood transfusion service, said: “The project has gone very much as we expected and we are now seeing patients delivered to hospital who may not have survived the journey before.
“We are now considering using other blood products that may further improve patient outcomes.”
Every day, bikers at the Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (SERV) deliver eight fresh units to each of the helicopter bases.
SERV secretary Mel Johnson said: “The air ambulance has been a pleasure to work with over the last year. The daily replenishment and emergency re-supply services provided by the SERV groups in Kent and Surrey have helped ensure that both helicopters are always fully stocked and ready to respond.
“We are proud to have played our part using equipment funded by The Henry Surtees Foundation to ensure that the people of the three counties have been able to receive the highest standards of critical care available, provided by a triumvirate of charities working together with a common goal.”
If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833 or go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk