Mercy Flight receives grant to purchase new IV pumps

CHEEKTOWAGA – The non-profit medical transport service, Mercy Flight, has received a generous grant allowing them to purchase seven new IV pumps.

The $21,000 grant from the James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. allows for the purchase of seven Sigma Spectrum IV pumps. 

The receipt of this grant has allowed Mercy Flight and its ground ambulance division, Mercy EMS, to retire several of their aging IV pumps that are no longer supported by their manufacturers. 

“The use of a single type of device and stocking of adequate numbers of these devices on each transport unit reduces response times and increases provider familiarity and competency,” says Director of Air Medical Operations Don Trzepacz. “The bottom line is this grant allows us to provide critical care when time is of the essence to patients whom we transport in their time of need.”

The pump devices are crucial to emergency medical care in administering fluids and medications intravenously at a controlled rate based on a patient’s size. This administration can include fluids such as pharmaceutical drugs, blood products, and mixtures of required patient therapy.

Mercy Flight extends its sincere appreciation to James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. for their commitment to bringing expert and compassionate medical care to the Western New York region and beyond.

“This is an instrumental gift to our nonprofit, lifesaving organization,” said Vice President of Marketing and Development Amy Starck. “We rely on the generosity of our charitable partners like the Cummings Foundation to carry through our commitment to compassionate, expert level care for those in need right here in our community.”