Published by Kirby Winn on Thursday, May 23, 2024 in News Releases

When Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams arrive on scene for a bleeding patient, seconds count. And when a needed blood transfusion can be delivered immediately -- on the scene or while en route to the hospital -- the minutes saved can mean the difference between life and death.

Bleeding from uncontrolled hemorrhage is a leading cause of preventable death among victims of trauma. But patients who can receive a pre-hospital transfusion from first responders have an improved chance at survival, shorter hospital stays, and may use less blood overall once they arrive at the emergency room. 

Those are some of the takeaways from a news conference on pre-hospital transfusion ImpactLife held on Thursday, May 23. Speakers, including Deputy Chief Adam Hagar of the Mehlville Fire Protection District, shared information on this growing area of emergency medicine.


  • Dr. Daniela Hermelin, Chief Medical Officer (ImpactLife)
  • Chief Adam Hagar, Mehlville EMS
  • Amanda Hess, Vice President, Donor Relations and Marketing (ImpactLife)

We are highlighting the blood center's support for pre-hospital transfusion during the 50th Anniversary of EMS Week (May 19-25, 2024). ImpactLife now supports pre-hospital transfusion with multiple air and ground ambulance bases operating within the blood center's service region. ImpactLife is proud to partner with EMS leaders who are working to advance the practice of emergency medicine by offering pre-hospital transfusion in their communities.

ImpactLife video: Pre-Hospital Transfusion Saves Lives!

Related News Release: ImpactLife prepares for "trauma season"

Kirby Winn, Manager, Public Relations  |  (563) 349-1571

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Kirby Winn

Kirby Winn serves as Manager, Public Relations for ImpactLife. He enjoys working with media across the blood center's service region to share the stories of patients who have been helped by the generous volunteers who support our mission.

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