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McSwain Third Thursday Trauma Talk: Prehospital Blood: What You Should Know. Randi Schaefer, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN. Thursday, June 15th at 8:00pm CDT

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McSwain Third Thursday

Trauma Talk

Randi Schaefer, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN


Topic: Prehospital Blood: What You Should Know

When: Thursday, June 15th at 8:00pm CDT (What is CDT Time? 

Where: Virtual on Zoom

Free of Charge


Randi Schaefer, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN
Dr. Randall M. Schaefer (Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired), DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN, served 20 years as an Emergency/Trauma Nurse in operational units and fixed facilities in clinical and staff officer roles. She deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. She implemented Walking Blood Banks and Prehospital Blood Programs during her deployments at the unit and strategic levels. In 2016, during her time at Ft Hood, her vigorous patient and clinician advocacy resulted in a hospital policy allowing for the storage of Emergency Release Blood Products in the Trauma Room for immediate use. This effort decreased the time from recognizing the need for an emergency blood transfusion to the time of the actual transfusion.

Upon retirement from Active Duty in 2017 until 2021, she worked at the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) as the Director of Research for the Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP) funded RemTORN grant. She was the program manager for developing and implementing the country’s first multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary Regional Whole Blood Program, comprised of 18 ground EMS agencies, ten helicopter EMS bases, and numerous hospitals throughout South Texas. She developed a comprehensive program onboarding process for EMS agencies as they navigated the process of carrying prehospital whole blood. She presented the work at over a dozen conferences, including EMS World, Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA), Air Medical Transport Association, and Military Health Systems Research Symposium (MHSRS). She is the lead author or co-author of ten publications regarding prehospital blood or low titer O-positive whole blood (LTOWB).

She is the CEO and Clinical Consultant of Schaefer Consulting, LLC. Her area of focus is taking her clinical and operational experiences to help improve patient outcomes and make life a little easier for the clinical staff still at the bedside.

Dr. Schaefer received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of San Francisco, her Master of Science in Nursing from Widener University, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Texas Health-San Antonio. Her doctoral project collaborated with the San Antonio Fire Department, “Increasing prehospital transfusion rates in patients experiencing hemorrhagic shock: A quality improvement initiative.”

posted by Dr. Ramon Reyes, MD 

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