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Bubble-wrap deal saves lives
7:00am Wednesday 30th January 2013 in News
Air ambulance medics are using bubble wrap to help keep patients alive.
Lancing-based road haulage firm Sussex Transport has donated a year’s worth of plastic sheeting to the Sussex Air Ambulance.
It is the second year the company has provided the bubble wrap.
Air ambulance head of corporate relations Cheryl Johnson said: “It has been discovered that traumatised patients, even in very hot environments, lose their body heat rapidly.
"When this happens blood clotting takes longer and bubble wrap provides the most effective means of preserving body heat. It can therefore make the difference between bleeding to death and survival.
“We are delighted that Sussex Transport is supporting us for another year and this is a perfect example of how businesses can work in partnership with the air ambulance.
“They can really make a difference, whether it’s through donations, employee and customer fundraising or valuable gifts like bubble wrap.”
Sussex Transport specialises in the movement and storage of high value, time critical, sensitive and fragile goods. It uses bubble wrap for packaging a variety of loads, including bathroom and kitchen products, glass, electronics and machinery – but one roll will also cover 60 air ambulance patients.
Managing director Damian Pulford said: “Who would have thought that the humble sheet of plastic with air bubbles that we all love to pop and stamp on for fun can actually save a life?
“Our drivers spend a lot of their time out on the roads and more than 40 per cent of the air ambulance’s call-outs are to road traffic collisions so it made perfect sense to support them in this way.”
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