Mercy Flight and ConnectLife Launch New Blood Program

Starting this summer, Mercy Flight will begin carrying Type O whole blood on all air ambulance flights. The blood, provided by ConnectLife, will be used for patients who have suffered severe blood loss from trauma or illness and require aggressive fluid resuscitation.
This change stems from a bill co-sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Health, which passed in December 2021, giving air ambulance personnel a greater opportunity to save lives. . It is estimated that a third of patients require blood during air ambulance transport, but until now they have been forced to wait to reach
a hospital to receive him.

“This update to our Public Health Act is long overdue. Allowing medical flight crews and emergency medical service providers to transport and administer blood is common sense and could mean the difference between life and death, especially for people living in remote rural areas. of a hospital,” said Senator Gallivan. “I commend Mercy Flight and ConnectLife for partnering on this important initiative.”

Specialized equipment will be added to Mercy Flight helicopters and bases to meet blood storage and temperature requirements. Now more than ever, it will be important for the community to donate with ConnectLife to ensure there is blood available for these emergencies.

“Since 1981, Mercy Flight’s dedicated aerial medical teams have provided advanced level care to Western New York’s most seriously injured and ill patients,” said Dr. Michael O’Brien, Associate Medical Director of the system. by Mercy Flight. “Today, our new blood transfusion partnership with ConnectLife enables our flight crews to perform on-site hospital procedures using locally donated blood products when minutes count.”

“ConnectLife is proud to partner with Mercy Flight in this new initiative to help save more lives through air ambulance blood transfusion,” said Kevin Gramlich, Chief Operating Officer of ConnectLife. “It’s important that we provide needed blood to the most critical patients in our community and we encourage all eligible Western New Yorkers to come and donate.”

To find a blood drive near you, please visit or call 716.529.4270.

Ryan H. Bowman