N.C. agency administers whole blood a day after beginning new program

Wilkes County Emergency Medical Services carries its new machines and coolers in administrative trucks


By Leila Merrill

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — Less than 24 hours after receiving two blood infusion machines and two coolers to carry whole blood, a Wilkes County Emergency Medical Services paramedic used it on a patient, WGHP reported.

The infusion machines and two coolers that can carry up to two units of blood each are in administrative trucks.

“It’s huge for Wilkes County EMS. We are bridging the gap between the field and getting people to the hospital,” Wilkes County Paramedic Joel Blackburn told the TV station.

The agency is using type O+ whole blood.

Community members applauded the agency’s announcement on Facebook.

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