LIMA — Mercy Health’s Life Flight helicopters will start storing blood on board so that patients requiring blood transfusions no longer have to wait until they get to the hospital.
Each flight will carry O-negative blood units on board, while the four Life Flight bases will store and maintain blood on-site.
“For those with a critical injury or medical condition, blood can make the difference between life and death,” Mercy Health—Life Flight Network Medical Director Dr. Bill Krebs said in a press release about the program. “The ability to bring blood to the patient is a game-changing treatment for the patients in our region.”
Life Flight air bases are located at Bluffton Airport, Fulton County Airport, Sandusky County Regional Airport. Mobile ICU bases are also located in Bowling Green and Wauseon.