Kentucky Blood Center, Air Methods announce new life saving measures

Published: Dec. 6, 2016 at 11:27 AM EST
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Some first responders now have a new way to save lives just in time for the holiday period.

Tuesday morning, the Kentucky Blood Center and Air Methods announced that blood can now be carried and used in Air Methods' helicopters to traumas in Mt. Sterling, Frankfort, and Lebanon.

The cities join Somerset and London in the partnership.

While carrying blood on an emergency helicopter sounds like common sense, officials say it takes a lot of cooperation and logistics.

Kelley Miller who is with Air Methods Kentucky, says that the new agreement will have no waste of blood.

"One thing we wanted to ensure is whatever process we put in place, that there was no waste...therefore the blood, if it's not used in a certain amount of time, it comes back to the blood center and goes to somewhere like a level one trauma center, like UK where it can quickly be used," said Miller.

The director of trauma at UK says the partnership is one big step in the goal of not losing people to preventable deaths.