New York Senate and Assembly pass law allowing air ambulances to transport blood for transfusions
A bill that will allow medical air transport ambulance services to store and distribute blood is intended for Governor Andrew Cuomo for signature after being passed unanimously in the Senate and State Assembly of New York.
The new legislation would amend the current health law to allow air ambulances, like Mercy Flight, to administer transfusions while providing air transport services.
The bill was co-sponsored by Senator Peter Oberacker, R-51.
“It’s just a bill that anyone could support. It was passed unanimously in the Senate and the Assembly,” Oberacker said. “And now we are just waiting for the governor. The governor can sign it immediately and I ‘hope the governor can see the merit of this and I hope it will be signed immediately.
Oberacker says it could help save lives in rural areas like those in his district.
No word on when the invoice will be given to the governor for signature.