HAZARD — Air Methods, which is the company overseeing the medical helicopter that is based at the Hazard Airport, has partnered with the Kentucky Blood Center to carry blood on every flight. This new development will allow rapid blood transfusions to be started early, as patients are transported to a trauma surgeon at a trauma center.
Air Methods operations are expanded throughout the country, with more than 300 bases that serve 48 states. One of those Air Methods bases is in charge of the medical helicopter at the Hazard Airport. Eight maintenance centers and a national communications center are also part of the Air Methods Empire.
The Kentucky Blood Center is the largest FDA licensed blood bank with headquarters located in the Commonwealth. KBC operates as a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply for patients throughout Kentucky. KBC relies on volunteer blood donors to provide 400 pints of blood per day, which will be used to meet the needs of patients within our area.
This partnership between Air Methods and the Kentucky Blood Center is designed to enhance the greatest advantage of air transport in the medical field, and that advantage is time. Blood transfusions are often a necessary part of ensuring rescue, during a medical emergency. Now, with blood readily available on every flight, transfusions can begin right away, as soon as the patient is ready for liftoff.
More information about Air Methods can be found on the company’s website, airmethods.com. The Kentucky Blood Center’s website is kybloodcenter.org.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.