medics in Afghanistan are now able to use an innovative piece of
emergency kit to help save the lives of wounded personnel.
The state of the art EnFlowTM 100 Rapid Blood and Fluid Warmer
quickly heats up blood and vital fluids to ensure that they reach
vital organs and injured areas fast, without affecting the
patient’s core temperature. This reduces the risk of complications
such as hypothermia and coagulopathy - the inability of the blood
to clot after trauma.
Six sets, which are able to be used on board emergency medical
helicopters, have been sent to Afghanistan as part of a £35,000
contract supplied to the MoD by Prometheus Medical Ltd. A further
two sets, for training purposes, are also included in the package.
Flight Lieutenant Fiona McGlynn is Officer Commanding of a
Medical Emergency Response Team based at Camp Bastion:
“Due to the nature of their injuries, many of the patients we
treat are in hypovolaemic shock and in need of a transfusion, when
we reach them. Giving them cold blood straight from our supplies
can have an adverse effect on their overall body temperature and
impact on their recovery. The EnFlow will enable us to warm the
blood before we carry out a transfusion and ensure the patient
arrives in hospital in the best possible condition.”
Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, said:
“We are determined to ensure that our brave personnel, who
sometimes suffer the most serious injuries, receive the best
possible treatment, even in the most challenging of environments.
The EnFlow is yet another example of a life saving piece of kit
that has been provided to treat wounded soldiers at the point of injury.”
Dr Malcolm Russell, Managing Director of Prometheus Medical, added:
“As a company with its roots in military emergency medicine, we
are committed to providing the very best solutions for the Defence
Medical Services for the benefit of wounded personnel on the
battlefield. Hypothermia in trauma is a real killer and the EnFlow
fluid warmer goes some way to redress this problem. We are
delighted to be awarded this contract and look forward to fully
supporting the Defence Medical Services in its outstanding efforts
to provide the wounded with the best possible care.”
Notes to Editors:
1. The Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) is a specialised
team of medical personnel who operate on-call and deploy via
helicopter to recover seriously injured casualties from the
front-line. The first hour from the time of wounding is absolutely
crucial to the casualty’s survival and the quicker the casualty
can be recovered and
given specialist medical assistance the
greater the chances of survival.
2. The MERT comprises a mixture of paramedics and specialist
nurses and is led by a Consultant Anaesthetist or a Consultant in
Emergency Medicine. The UK is the only nation that operates such a
high level of immediate, in-flight medical care.
3. The delivery of blood by the MERT in the helicopter is a key
life-saving medical capability and essential in the management of
4. Transfusion of blood forward of the UK Role 3 Hospital is now
accepted as a key life saving intervention. It prevents traumatic
cardiac arrest and reduces the metabolic disturbances associated
with trauma as a consequence of blood loss.
5. A picture of the EnFlowTM 100 Rapid Blood and Fluid Warmer is
available on the Defence News Imagery website: www.dni.mod.uk.
6. For more information contact Beth Cowley, MoD Press Office on
0207 218 3255 or Hannah Swingler, Defence Equipment and Support
Press Office on 0117 913 7888.
Ministry of Defence