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Shipping blood, saving lives

07 Feb, 2016 no comments Air Force , Health
Shipping blood, saving lives

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — The Blood Transshipment Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, provides blood to more than 30 forward operating locations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. In 2015, the center shipped nearly 23,000 units of blood to nine countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. The blood was used in transfusions helping save 222 people, including 18 U.S. service members, as well as Afghani and Iraqi citizens. “Over the past six months, 65 percent of blood transfusions were conducted in Iraq,” said Air Force Master…