On a sunny spring afternoon, Stormont-Vail's Trauma Team members head indoors, giving their arms for the sake of their work.
"We're going to try to make up for all the blood that we use on our injured patients," TraumaCare Director Dr. Christopher Bandy explains of the group visit to Community Blood Center, 800 Lane in Topeka.
Blood is vital in saving lives. When an accident victim is brought to the emergency room, Dr. Bandy says his team has two units of blood ready to go. He says a donor typically gives one unit in a visit. In the ER, there's no time to wait for donors to step up.
"Time is critically important," Dr. Bandy says. "The first thirty minutes to sixty minutes of that initial resuscitation, we have to make sure we are profusing the brain, profusing the kidneys, profusing the heart, getting enough blood and oxygen to those organs so the patient doesn't suffer permanent damage."
Making sure there's enough blood is the trick. That's why the trauma team is more than happy to visit Community Blood Center, and why Dr. Bandy encourages others to do the same.
"The people I see are normal people like you and I, and all of a sudden, their life changes in a matter of seconds," Dr. Bandy said. "If that were to happen to one of your children, will there be enough blood to help us save that child's life?"
Dr. Bandy is hopeful the answer to that question will always be 'yes.'
WIBW Expanded Coverage
Blood Donation Requirements
*At least 17 years old
*Weigh at least 110 pounds
*Not donate for at least 56 days (8 weeks)
For more information, including Community Blood Center hours, visit www.kcblood.org.