Tuesday May 2, 2017

PHI now carries blood products

PHI Air Medical Press Release

LEXINGTON — As a patient, being airlifted from a traumatic accident can be scary, but not having any available red blood on the medical aircraft can be fatal.

Thankfully, Kentuckians who need emergency air ambulance transport to a nearby medical center will have the blood they need, thanks to a new partnership between MEDIC Regional Blood Center and PHI Air Medical. PHI Air Medical operates in numerous states across the United States including Kentucky. The Kentucky bases of operation in Morehead, London, Monticello, and Greenville will now carry blood on board aircraft 24/7.

Of the more than 190,000 patients who die of trauma in the U.S. each year, 45% are due to massive hemorrhage. Sadly, 70% die in the first six hours following their injury. A 2015 study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons concluded that pre-trauma center transfusion increased the probability of 24-hour survival and decreased risk of shock in severely injured air medical trauma patients.

“I am excited about the opportunities that carrying blood products affords to our medical crews and patients in Kentucky,” said PHI Air Medical Business Operations Manager, Josh Brand. “Our ability to offer blood products to those patients with an immediate need augments the high level of care we provide in the communities we serve. The shared focus of the mission, vision and values with our partners, enhances our ability to provide the best possible care to our patients in Kentucky.”