Allow New York state medical flights to carry and transfuse blood products

Allow New York state medical flights to carry and transfuse blood products

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Trevor Flanagan started this petition to Assemblyman Joe Angelino and

 

On Saturday March 13th, as many of you know, my brother, Travis Flanagan, was involved in a farming accident which resulted in bilateral below the knee amputations. There were many factors that led to his survival, including him receiving 2 units of blood on scene by Guthrie Air, a Pennsylvania based flight crew. To the surprise of many of us, we learned New York based medical flight crews, such as LifeNet, who received the initial call, but was unavailable, are not permitted to carry and transfuse their own blood products. This is shocking because in many instances these crews are responding to the scenes of traumatic accidents in which blood products may be the difference between life and death. Five medical directors for LifeNet NY have expressed their frustration via an Air Methods post on July 2, 2020. LifeNet serves 48 states with NY being the only state unable to carry and transfuse their own blood. Senator Jen Metzger has supported Senate Bill S8346 to authorize such services, but the Bill continues to sit in the Health Committee. Travis would like to take the opportunity to use the blessing that he is still with us and support change that will save lives. 

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