ALC Health has signed an agreement with the Blood Care Foundation (BCF) to provide clients with screened blood, in the event of a medical emergency, from a network of blood banks around the world. The service will be added as a new free benefit to all of the company’s policies, including travel insurance, from 1 June 2010. ALC Health will be the only international medical provider offering the service across all of its policy products.
The BCF is a Sussex based charity that provides a solution to the problems of sourcing and supplying screened blood in the case of emergencies. The BCF has built up a network of blood banks to overcome the demand where blood is in short supply, or the local blood does not meet US, UK and EU standards. All blood supplied by BCF is drawn from internationally recognised blood centres, which meet the highest international standard. BCF also supplies immunoglobulin and vaccine for the treatment of rabies.
Andrew Apps of ALC Health says, “Our agreement with the Blood Care Foundation means that our customers are guaranteed screened blood anywhere in the world in an emergency. The increase in incidences of people being given infected blood meant that many were requesting a service of this type. At no extra cost to our customers, they can be assured that in the event of requiring a blood transfusion the blood will be available within a short space of time and will have been fully screened.”
Julian Bruce of the Blood Care Foundation adds, “Most countries in the world suffer from a considerable shortage of blood and one of the problems this creates is a delay to evacuation when a patient needs to be moved to receive treatment. This is one of the ways that the Blood Care Foundation is able to help and overcome this problem quickly and efficiently.”