Local state lawmakers support law to allow NY medivac ambulances to carry blood

BINGHAMTON, NY – Assembly members Donna Lupardo and Joseph Angelino, and Sen. Fred Akshar celebrated Saturday the recent passage of a bill that will allow for New York air ambulances to carry blood products. The bill passed both the Assembly and the Senate on Monday; the legislators were cosponsors.

This issue came to their attention after Travis Flanagan was severely injured in a farming accident and had to airlifted from Greene to Syracuse in an air ambulance based in Pennsylvania. The out-of-state helicopter made all the difference, legislators said, because it was allowed to carry blood. New York is the only state in the nation whose regulations prohibit medical helicopters from carrying these life-saving products.

Travis Flanagan said, “I’m here today thanks to the first responders who saved my life and the good fortune of having a Pennsylvania medical helicopter respond to my accident. This legislation helps ensure than anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation won’t have to rely on luck. I can’t express how thankful I am to the community for supporting me and my family throughout the past few months and today we join together in asking the Governor to please sign this bill into law.”