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Mercy Flight Central hosts blood drive in Canandaigua to mark start of ‘trauma season’

Mercy Flight Central announced it will host American Red Cross Blood drive Tuesday, May 7, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its Mercy Flight Central hangar on Brickyard Road in Canandaigua. Donors are encouraged to bring a friend, as a way to double their donation.

The blood drive is timed as Mercy Flight prepares for “trauma season” and May as Trauma Awareness Month. Mercy Flight Central nurses and paramedics call it “trauma season” because they see a spike in serious injuries each year when the weather warms up. So the critical care helicopter ambulance service hosts an annual Red Cross blood drive in early May, this year on May 7.

“Our flight crews routinely see a threefold increase in patients with traumatic injuries during the height of summer compared to the winter months,” stated Jeff Bartkoski, president of Mercy Flight Central and a former Navy pilot. “That’s why we hope to see every chair and table filled at this year’s blood drive because many of our patients will need blood to survive their ordeal, added Bartkoski. “We do one part to save lives-providing fast transport with highly skilled staff- but we need community members to step up too by rolling up their sleeves and giving their blood. There’s no substitute for the real thing.”

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S. annually.

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