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DPS Delivers 12 units of blood to Flagstaff Medical Center from Phoenix.

FMC Surgeons were forced to postpone medical procedures due to lack of blood supply

Monday, January 25, 2010 -

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On Friday, January 22, 2010 at about 9:26 p.m. the Red Cross called the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) for assistance in transporting two (2) 20 pound boxes containing 12 units of blood platelets to the Flagstaff Medical Center. DPS Air Rescue Helicopter was not able to fly due to poor visibility. The DPS officers picked up the blood at the Red Cross Blood Center, in Phoenix near 32nd St & Baseline and relayed the blood through the road closure at I-17 and the Sedona turn off, to the Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) in Flagstaff. Several medical procedures were postponed on Friday due to the inability of Red Cross to transport blood products through inclement weather and road closures. The blood was delivered by 11:30 p.m.

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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.