On Friday, October 6, 2017 at approximately 8:30 pm Cypress Creek made EMS history as the first ground EMS system in the country to transfuse whole blood in the field into a trauma patient. Field Supervisor Theresa Jackson brought the blood to the scene and performed the transfusion working with the crew of Medic 528 to save the life of a gun shot victim. Between the whole blood program and our Stop The Bleed training for police, firefighters, and the public our goal is to reduce deaths due to severe hemorrhage caused by trauma and medical conditions. The specialized medical grade equipment we use to keep the blood at the correct temperature was provided by Emergency Services District 11. Your tax dollars at work saving lives.
There are only two civilian agencies in the country carrying whole blood in the field 24/7/365….Cypress Creek EMS and our partner in the program ESD 48 Fire Department. On Friday, September 29, 2017, ESD 48 had the first whole blood transfusion to a patient bleeding due to a medical condition.
UPDATE: In October of 2018, San Antonio Fire/EMS became the third ground EMS system in the country to carry whole blood in the field. And in early 2019, three more Texas EMS systems begain carrying whole blood. They are Bexar County District 7 Fire Rescue, Wilson County ESD #3, and Karnes County EMS.