Health system expanding services and decreasing critical response times

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MCALLEN, Texas – The South Texas Health System and South Texas AirMed are teaming up to expand critical care in the Rio Grande Valley. The hospital is introducing its new helicopter, which aims to decrease response times across the Valley during critical situations. Officials say the helicopter will serve all counties in the Valley and can arrive on scene within 20 to 30 minutes.

Paramedics will soon be able to perform blood transfusions in the air.

Luis Corvey, AirMed 1 Flight Director, “We currently have TXA on board, which helps stop and control the bleeding, it’s something with the clotting factor. But the blood we’re looking into another month or so, we’ve already invested all the money in the products we need the refrigerators, but the blood will be coming soon, we’re looking at about a month from now.”

Since it’s launching in June, AirMed has completed over 180 flights in the Valley.

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