Williamson Medical Center EMS Permanently Approved to Carry and Administer Pre-Hospital Blood
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (September 8, 2021) – We are very proud to announce that Williamson Medical Center (WMC) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has been permanently authorized by the Tennessee Department of Health EMS Board to carry and administer blood products before patients reach the hospital. WMC EMS is one of seven systems across the country and the first and only 911 ground EMS provider in Tennessee authorized to carry and administer pre-hospital blood products. The permanent authorization follows the completion of a successful two-year blood products administration trial.
“This program is representative of Williamson Medical Center’s commitment to innovative investments supporting best-in-class quality care for the community we serve,” said Phil Mazzuca, Williamson Medical Center CEO. “We are proud of our exceptional EMS team and their work to continually set the bar for pre-hospital care in Tennessee.”
The WMC EMS team participated in training for the program with three levels of licensure completed for advanced EMTs, paramedics and critical care paramedics who are approved to safely administer blood and are re-credentialed every six months. In addition, the WMC EMS team conducted outreach education about the program for the countywide emergency system to drive awareness of program and availability of blood for critical need. During the two-year program trial, WMC EMS administered blood to 14 patients.
The operation of the program requires a stand-alone emergency vehicle equipped with a military-rated blood storage cooler to support emergency responders treating patients in urgent need of blood. A detailed quality control system including daily protocols ensures blood is stored properly and utilized before it expires.
Blood utilized by the WMC EMS team comes from Blood Assurance, the blood bank serving the Williamson County community. Local blood donations made through Blood Assurance remain in the community to serve local patients.
As the Williamson County primary 911 emergency medical provider, WMC EMS employs more than 146 paramedics, EMTs and support personnel and operates 16 advanced life support ambulances. WMC EMS, has been providing emergency medical services and related aid through a comprehensive county EMS systems approach since 1972.
For more information about Williamson Medical Center comprehensive emergency services, visit: www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org/medical-services/emergency-services/.
Angie VanTassell, Mike Alday | Alday Public Relations
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