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More than 37 million people will be rushed to the E.R. suffering from trauma this year.
Published: Oct. 12, 2022 at 5:23 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - More than 37 million people will be rushed to the E.R. suffering from trauma this year. The most common reason is falls, followed by car accidents and violence-related injuries such as gunshot wounds, stabbings and assaults.

Case Jones is up at dawn working the ranch, riding horses, wrangling cattle and hog hunting. But in the dark of night, his friend accidentally shot him.

“We had our thermal scopes, and we were using them to shoot feral hogs,” Jones said. “I started running to try to get behind a tree and he still ended up shooting me.”

“His liver was almost split in half by the bullet,” said Dr. Scott Sagraves.

Sagraves has 20 years of dealing with life and death injuries, but recently, how he’s treated them has changed.

“We now have whole blood for our injured patients,” Sagraves explained.

Traditionally, trauma patients receive donated blood that is broken down into red blood cells or platelets or plasma. But trauma patients who have lost a lot of blood need it all, and that’s called whole blood.

Studies show it improves coagulation and decreases the risk of infections and blood-related diseases.

After three weeks in the hospital, and some help from his wife Kristen, Jones was slowly getting back up to speed and doing what he was born to do.

“With God’s grace, I’m able to do what I’ve always done and had a full recovery,” Jones said.

Most whole blood donors are type O, which is a universal donor and can be used on any patient, no matter their blood type.

Whole blood units go through a 48-hour testing period and can be refrigerated for up to 21 days. The shelf life for traditional donated blood is 42 days.

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