Medical Minute: Tragedy relief, need to know

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MINOT, N.D. - In the wake of the Vegas tragedy that rocked the world on Monday community members scramble to donate blood and discuss safety plans in case of an emergency. In this week's Medical Minute Candese Charles spoke with Trinity hospital and blood recipients about the importance of blood donations and what to do during an emergency incident.

Two community members...walking different paths. But, both alive today because of blood donations.

"I've had an accident where I ruptured my spleen so I need a lot of blood in that case and I've also had a quadruple bypass where I need blood in that situation," said Arley Larson, blood recipient.

"Since July I've had two surgeries that has required to get transfusions I got two units the first time and this last time I got four and times like Las Vegas- the shooting down there- where they had five hundred people, I can't imagine no location is going to have enough blood on hand," said Mike Weyrauch, blood recipient.

When a large scale incident impacts hundreds of lives, trauma teams can be severely impacted and in need of blood.

"Whether it be a mass causality situation or an individual trauma, the more blood you loose sets a cascade of physiological changes in the body that sometimes are irreversible. So the importance of having an adequate supply of transfuse able blood products really can't be overstated," said Dr. Gary Wease, Trinity health trauma medical director.

Trinity Health says they stimulate scenes to prepare for any type of catastrophic emergency.

"Actually once a month we have some sort of stimulated disaster drill whether it be something on paper, whether it be in a classroom. And twice a year we have physical disaster stimulations," said Dr. Wease.

And in case of an emergency there are things you can do.

"If you see penetrating trauma as what was seen there, whether you have medical training or not direct compression of any open wounds that are bleeding that you identify makes all the difference in the world," said Dr. Gary Wease.

With plans in place and knowledge at hand, your blood donations is something else you can do to continue to help keep your neighbors alive and prepare for any emergency.

The city of Ray will be hosting a blood drive next Wednesday the 11th from noon to six pm at Ray High School. You can find out more by going to this story on our website.