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Hospital helicopter now carrying blood products on every flight

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July 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Des Moines hospital is now putting units of blood and plasma on every flight of its rescue helicopter. Iowa Methodist Medical Center “Life Flight” program manager, Michael Zweigart, says they decided to take O-negative blood and A-B-plasma after seeing a need.Helipad “Often we would see patients that needed either product or both, and it was not readily available at referring facilities, or ready in a time-efficient manner. Or we would do scene flights where obviously there no resources out on the highway, we have to bring the resources to them,” Zweigart says. He talked about the move while standing on the rooftop landing deck — saying it’s a groundbreaking move for the state.

“We’ll be the only aircraft in Iowa carrying the blood products on every mission,” Zweigart says. “Other aircraft may have the capabilities of doing it as needed. We’re going to be able to provide them every mission — have it available with us — so if we get somewhere and recognize it is needed, we already have it with us.” Trauma surgeon, Richard Sidwell, says the blood products will give patients a better chance to get back to the hospital where he can treat them.

“It’s important because, people are bleeding blood. And the sooner that we are able to replace blood, the sooner that we are able to replace clotting factors, the better it is for the injured person,” Sidwell explains. “And so, if that can start at the scene, then that gives them a head start on the care that they would receive at the hospital.” It seems like a simple idea to add the blood products to the helicopters, but Dr. Sidwell says it is part of the evolution in treatment of trauma patients.

“That’s one of the lessons that we’ve learned in trauma care over the last 10 years — is how important it is for the severely injured people to get that blood and clotting factor early. And so, it’s really only the last couple of years that it’s been something that we’ve focused on in the hospital,” Sidwell says. “So, it’s really taking the cutting edge care from the hospital and pushing it into the pre-hospital environment.” There is more to adding the blood to the flights than just loading it into the copter.

“It has to be kept stored properly…blood and blood products have a shelf life. And that’s all part of the program, sorting out the policies and the procedures. And we have to conform to all of the blood bank policies, so it’s just the same in the pre-hospital environment as it is in the hospital environment,” Sidwell explains. Zweigart had to work out some of the details to transport the blood products.

“There was actually a lot that went into it, it’s a very highly regulated aspect. We’re actually going to become an extension of the blood bank of Methodist Medical Center,” Zweigart says. “So we have a fridge and freezer on our helipad now that are exactly like the ones that they have in the blood bank. And we will have the units available to walk right out the door with us.”

Iowa Methodist’s helicopter covers roughly one third of Iowa’s counties. Zweigart says there are a few other helicopter services in the Midwest that provide the blood products on each call, and he expects that to eventually become the standard practice.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., July 10th 2013

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July 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office will rewrite its new voter registration form after complaints that it could confuse people and prompt them not to register. Secretary of state legal counsel Charlie Smithson says his office agreed with concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa. The ACLU had argued the new form gave the impression registrants must provide a driver’s license or identification card number and their Social Security card in order to register. State law actually requires a Social Security number only if registrants don’t have a state-issued identification.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo police and firefighters were trying to recover a body spotted floating in the Cedar River. Police say someone noticed the body about 3 p.m. yesterday in the river near an asphalt plant. Authorities were trying to remove the body. Police say the body is that of an adult.

DAYTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man in north central Iowa has died after becoming trapped in a grain bin yesterday afternoon near Dayton. Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rod Strait says some corn was being removed from the bin when the man became stuck. His identity hasn’t been released. An autopsy is scheduled today.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety says it is conducting an internal investigation into the actions of two on-duty state troopers involved in an April 26 speeding incident with the vehicle transporting Governor Terry Branstad. It’s separate from a disciplinary investigation into Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Larry Hedlund, who was also involved in the April 26 incident. The department will release more information after the investigations are completed.

Woman arrested for theft and credit card fraud

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July 9th, 2013 by admin

The Montgomery County Law Enforcement Office reports the arrest today (Tuesday) of 34-year old Amy Dawn Clemmons of Emerson. Clemmons was arrested on charges of Theft/2nd degree and credit card fraud stemming from an incident that occurred on June 14th, 2013. After investigating, officers of the Red Oak Police Department found that the defendant did take a wallet which contained a large sum of money and that did not belong to her and also fraudulently used the victim’s credit cards.Clemmons is now being held at the Montgomery County Law Center on $5,000 bond.

Transportation Commission approves funds for airport projects in SW IA

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July 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission today (Tuesday) approved $5.9-million for the Fiscal Year 2014 State Aviation Program, which includes several sub-programs, such as the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), the General Aviation Vertical Infrastructure (GAV) Program. The funds will have a positive impact on airports located in Council Bluffs, Red Oak and Creston, in our listening area.

Under the AIP, officials report the Creston Municipal Airport will receive $148,000 toward the $190,000 cost of pavement maintenance and the construction of a T-hangar access taxiway. The Council Bluffs Municipal Airport $84,000 toward the $168,00 cost of constructing a vehicle parking lot. And the Red Oak Municipal Airport will receive $88,000 for a $110,00 project that involves constructing a taxilane to a new six-unit T-hangar. AIP Programs are funded with revenue from aircraft registration fees and aviation fuel taxes.

And, as part of the GAV program, the Red Oak Airport will also receive $16,560 toward the $20,700 cost of renovating a hangar. Vertical Infrastructure programs are funded through the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF). All funding supplements local and federal funding sources, and seeks to maintain a safe and balanced statewide air transportation system.

Shelby County Road M-36 closed for repairs

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July 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency reports County Road M-36 is currently closed for culvert repair. The affected section of road is in the 2100 block of Road M-36, north of 2103 M-36/the Dave Schwartz residence, between Greeley Township sections 21 and 23. The construction project is expected to last about three-weeks. Residents in the area and emergency responders should plan an alternate route. Road M36 Culvert 7-9-13-page0002

Woman injured in Crawford County rollover

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July 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a single vehicle rollover accident this (Tuesday) afternoon, in Crawford County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 23-year old Andrea Mersedes Gomez, of Denison, was transported to the Manning Hospital by Manning Rescue, after the SUV she was driving went out of control as it was westbound on Highway 30, about one-quarter of a mile west of Manning. The 2002 Ford Explorer rolled into the north ditch, at around 2:30-p.m.  The Patrol says Gomez was wearing her seat belt. A report on her injuries is not available

Harlan Man Arrested July 4th

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July 9th, 2013 by admin

The Harlan Police Department reports the arrest of 32-year old Ian Leib of Harlan on July 4th. Police were called to the area of 4th and Hill Streets in reference to an intoxicated person trying to ride a bike. Officers transported Leib to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with an enhanced charge of public intoxication.

2 arrests in Adams County

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July 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested this (Tuesday) morning. 58-year old Johnnie Jones was arrested on a charge of simple assault after allegedly striking an individual. His bond was set at $500. And, 21-year old Kevin Shimer, of Garden Grove, was arrested north of Lenox, for Speeding, and Driving While Suspended. Bond was set at $529.

Sioux City officials say man left horse at school

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July 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Sioux City officials have cited a man for leaving his horse tied to a tree at an elementary school.  Levi Wielenga says he was riding his horse named Midnight Lady until early Tuesday morning and realized it was too late to bring her back to her pasture about 20 miles away. So he tied the 13-year-old horse to a tree near Unity Elementary School with a long rope and planned to get her in the morning.

Sioux City Animal Control officers say they found the horse in the same spot hours later in good condition. They say the animal had access to food but no water. The Sioux City Journal reports Wielenga was cited for tethering and simple neglect. He paid $370 in fees for the civil infractions.

Cass County Supervisors to meet Wednesday

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July 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold their regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, in Atlantic. During their 9-a.m. session at the courthouse, the Board will act on approving an additional, 30-thousand gallon anhydrous ammonia storage tank request from Steinbeck and Sons, for their property in a Heavy Industrial Zone in Noble Township.

The Supervisors are also expected to act on a request for funding from the Cass County Historical Museum, and, the employment of a part-time office assistant to fill-in as needed, at the Cass County Attorney’s Office. In addition, if ready, the Supervisors will discuss and approve entry into a 28-E agreement for Mental Health Regionalization.