LifeFlight prepares for increase in trauma calls

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) -LifeFlight gets ready for the beginning of Trauma Season.

The Memorial Day Weekend is the start of the time of year that LifeFlight has more calls for traumatic injuries. The air ambulance service expects to transport 40 patients this holiday weekend.

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and people are taking advantage of the nice weather. But while they enjoy the open road and water, LifeFlight is prepared for increased calls for help.

“We see with the warm weather a lot more people getting out and doing more outdoor activities,” LifeFlight Paramedic Bo Phillips said. “Things like boating, motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles.”

Already this Memorial Day weekend, six people have died in motor vehicle crashes on Middle Tennessee roads.

“We ask that people adhere to safety practices of monitoring their speed, using seat belts and using helmets,” Phillips said. “We ask that people don’t drink or use substances that alter them because we see an increase in alcohol related injuries.”

In 2012, LifeFlight saw a record-breaking 90 transports during the holiday weekend. They estimate 40 transports this year.

Nationally, this will be a dangerous weekend on the roads, with more than 38 million drivers expected to travel. The National Safety Council estimates close to 440 Americans will be killed in wrecks by the end of the holiday weekend.

So far this year, 375 people have died on Tennessee roads, which is a 10 percent increase over the same period from 2015.

“We certainly want people to have fun, be safe, and adhere to the safety practices we should adhere to all the time,” Phillips said.

Vanderbilt LifeFlight started in 1984. All of its medical staffing, patient care, and clinical services are provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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