Widely available drug with great outcomes
Trial included 12,000 head-injury patients.
Tranexamic acid appeared to work when given up to three hours after the head injury.
Tranexamic acid helps stop bleeding in and around the brain when blood vessels have been torn.
Tranexamic acid may be added to the Essential Medicines List for head injuries.
Study had been published in The Lancet.
Mentioned in this article:
Ben Bloom - Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust.
Haleema Shakur - Professor of Global Health Clinical Trials and Co-Director of LSHTM's Clinical Trials Unit.
The Lancet - Scientific Journal dedicated to medical research.