At the heart of our company is our passionate belief in giving back to our communities. To help with the critical need for blood during the holiday season, Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance has teamed up with the American Red Cross to support their lifesaving mission. American Red Cross is a nonprofit that was founded in 1881 to provide disaster relief in the face of emergencies. Their model has proven to enhance the power of volunteerism and the generosity of donors.
One of the tools the American Red Cross uses to prepare for any type of disaster is to store life saving blood in their blood banks. Blood is essential for life; it provides nutrients and oxygen to cells and transports metabolic waste products away from those same cells. According to the Franklin Institute, the average adult has about five liters of blood living inside of their body and one of four different types of blood: O, A, B and AB. Although in some ways everyone’s blood is the same, it is still important to mix blood of matching types. If you are already a blood donor, you may know about the constant need for O-negative blood. But, do you know why it’s in such high demand?
O-negative blood is considered universal, which means it can be given to anyone. It’s often used in emergency situations when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type. Only 7 percent of the population has O-negative blood! While individuals with O-negative blood have the honor of being the universal donor, when it comes to being a recipient, no other type of blood can be used to help them.
Blood is needed for a variety of treatments and emergency situations. Perhaps you’ve experienced this critical need with a loved one being in a motor vehicle accident where there was blood loss? Know someone who is anemic? Whatever the need, the act of giving blood is among the top efforts in helping medical professionals save lives.
Our team of highly-trained medical professionals understands the importance of giving blood because we frequently transport patients who require blood transfusions. “We can take patients who are currently receiving blood onto the aircraft and continue the transfusion throughout transport,” said Allison Rose, Director of Quality Management “We also can take any component of blood product from the sending facility, if the patient is going to require a blood transfusion, so that we can start new blood during flight or continue blood that was already started at the sending facility.”
Give the gift of life this year. Join our blood drive on December 2, 2013, outside our offices at the Scottsdale Airpark. Drop by anytime from 9am – 5pm and look for the American Red Cross Blood Bus parked in front of our building. Each donation could help save up to three lives!