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Trip Collins: A Defenders of Tomorrow Story

Jan 11, 2018, 14:56 PM by Kate Krumm

Carrying blood in flight saves young patient, family grateful

When Brittany Collins heard the gunshot and looked at her three-year-old son, Trip, he was clutching his stomach. The little boy had accidentally got a hold of a weapon and shot himself.

Everything that happened over the next minutes was critical to the boy’s survival: his father holding his shirt over the wounds to keep him from bleeding out; the first responders who heard the call and put a spare ambulance into service while there’s was out on another transport; the call to get the LifeNet helicopter and crew to the scene; and the ability to administer life-saving blood.

Blood loss is the leading cause of death in trauma victims, and blood transfusions are a vital part of emergency medicine. While many first responders use plasma, this will only replace the fluid, but what a body also needs is actual blood. Studies show that in-flight blood transfusions increase survival rates and improve outcomes. That’s why every Air Methods base in the Southeast Region carries blood in flight, a service that has saved numerous lives, including young Trip.

January is National Blood Donor Month and we would like to say thank you to those of you who donate blood to provide this lifesaving care.