REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) has announced that it will now carry blood products in its Elko-based air medical helicopter.
Stacey Ingram, Program Director for REACH, said that packed red blood cells are now available to the medical crews to provide to patients who may be suffering from severe blood loss and require aggressive fluid resuscitation under their care.
“The addition of blood products to our aircraft is an important step in providing care at a moment’s notice to critically-ill and injured patients,” said Ingram. “Early administration of blood products can help provide important stabilization for patients being transported to a higher level of care.”
She also said that she is grateful for the investments REACH has made to provide these blood products and that the announcement comes during National EMS Week: “This is a testament to REACH’s dedication to providing the highest levels of care and to continuous improvement.”
REACH operates in Northern Nevada from four air medical bases in Elko, Ely and Reno.