On August 8, 2019, 19-year-old Brantly Harrison was severely injured in a multiple car wreck on FM 2910 at Bridgestone and he was losing a lot of blood. In addition to the other lifesaving action taken by Cypress Creek EMS personnel, Brantly was given a whole blood transfusion.
Two weeks to the day after the accident, Brantly’s dad, Steve, contacted CCEMS and told us his son would like to meet the folks who saved his life. Brantly’s mom, Andy, says her son had a fractured skull, blood on the brain, multiple fractures and lacerations, including an especially bad one that cut into an artery on his head. Brantly’, but his dad says that head laceration and internal bleeding is what almost took his son’s life. He still has a long road to full recovery, but at least he’s alive. Thanks to Channels 2 and 13 for coming out to cover the story.
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Cypress Creek pioneered whole blood use in the field along with our partner in the Katy area, ESD 48 Fire Department. We were the first two ground EMS systems in the country to carry and transfuse whole blood in the field. CCEMS was first ground EMS to use whole blood on a trauma patient back in 2017.
Now, by our count, there are 14 ground systems carrying blood and all of them are in Texas. CCEMS not aware of any agency outside the Lone Star State that is carrying whole blood in the field but it is only a matter of time. Whole Blood is a real game changer.
It’s estimated that up to 30% of trauma patients die from bleeding out, which can happen in a little as three minutes. With whole blood and Stop The Bleed training for other first responders and the general public, Cypress Creek EMS is on a mission to change that.
Here is a list of the people and agencies involved is saving Brantly’s life from the initial call taker at the CCEMS Communications Center, to the CCEMS Field Crews to the Field Supervisor and Assistant Medical Director to the Spring Fire Department personnel who extricated him from the wreckage as police officers from Precinct 4 and DPS blocked traffic and investigated the accident.
Thanks to all of you for a job well done.
Call taker – Ash Thompson
Call taker (trainee) – Amanda Passini
Dispatcher – Cian Smith
Dispatcher (trainee) – Jacquelyn Smith
Medic 56 – Jennifer Hall, EMT
Medic 56 – Alexander Moore, Paramedic
Medic 513 – Anthony Rocha, Paramedic
Medic 513 – Mike Bride, Paramedic
CCEMS District 52 – Joe Kiff, Field Supervisor
EMT & Paramedic Student – Kamron Greer
Dr. Matt Esposito – Assistant Medical Director
Medic 512 – Marlon Reyes, EMT
Medic 512 – Luis Stuart, Paramedic
Spring Fire Department was represented at the reunion by Amanda Erekson and Josh Posey. Spring units on the scene were Ladder 75, District 70, and Rescue 71
Also, thanks to Precinct 4 Constable and DPS who handled traffic to keep everyone else safe on the scene.