Antifibrinolytic drugs for acute traumatic injury
Tranexamic acid safely reduces mortality in bleeding trauma patients without increasing the risk of adverse events. Tranexamic acid should be given as early as possible and within three hours of injury, as treatment later than this is unlikely to be effective.
Uncontrolled bleeding is an important cause of death in trauma victims. Antifibrinolytic treatment has been shown to reduce blood loss following surgery and may also be effective in reducing blood loss following trauma. This review quantified the effects of antifibrinolytic drugs on mortality, vascular occlusive events, surgical intervention and receipt of blood transfusion after acute traumatic injury. [Listen to podcast]