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Air Methods Now Carrying Blood In Flight

Jan 18, 2017

Blood donations are used to help accident victims and trauma patients, as blood loss is the number one cause of death in trauma victims, a statistic that's a driving force behind our in-flight blood program. With 48 bases now carrying blood on-board, Air Methods is joining the nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the lifesaving contribution of blood donors and the importance of supporting our partnering blood centers.Life-saving-blood-graphic

The American Red Cross has easy-to-use tools on their website, which include determining if you are eligible to give blood, instructing on how to host a blood drive, or simply locating a blood drive where you can donate.

The statistics tell the story: blood makes a difference, and carrying it on board will help us deliver more tomorrows to our patients.

Please join us in sharing the message with our communities throughout the country. Thanks for helping us spread the word . . . and for considering the gift of your valuable donation: blood.

Blood Trauma facts

  • Blood loss is the number one cause of death in trauma victims.
    • Hemorrhage can occur with severe injuries, resulting in a state known as shock. During shock, organs begin to shut down and rapid replacement of blood is critical for survival.
  • A recent study has shown in-flight blood transfusions increase survival rates and improve outcomes (Source: Journal of the American College of Surgeons).

Blood need facts (source: American Red Cross)

  • Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.

Air Methods in-flight blood program facts

  • 48 Air Methods bases are now carrying blood in flight.
    • If not used after 14 days, blood will given to a blood center or hospital for consignment.
  • Learn more about Air Methods’ in-flight blood program here.


Blood donor facts (source: American Red Cross)

  • The number of whole blood and red blood cell units collected in the U.S. in a year: 13.6 million.
  • The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 6.8 million.
  • Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time; however, less than 10% of that eligible population actually do each year.


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