Monday, November 23, 2009

Helping to Save Lives

This article was originally written 2 weeks ago, but has been delayed because I came down with the Swine Flu, which led to Bronchitis. There was a time that I was so sick that I felt like I wasn’t going to make it. In the back of my mind I knew about the experimental drug that is spoken about in this blog, which did give me a sense of comfort.

You can always tell the visitors to Manhattan, especially in the area of Times Square where flocks of tourists gawk bright-eyed at the glittering avenue of lights, stiff necks craning to see it all. It’s a fascination I understand. Even though I’ve lived in that city, I still find myself captivated by the spectacle, especially by two of the present-day signs of the times: The National Debt Counter and the Carbon Counter.

In my crazy mind, I see another disturbing tickers among those tracking the national debt and deadly carbon levels; a running tally of the numbers of victims from the H1N1 flu here and around the world.

With the arrival of the fall season and the subsequent onset of the much-feared H1N1 Flu virus, some of our more vulnerable citizens are finding themselves critically ill and unable to fight off the disease. On October 29th, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed over 1,170 deaths worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States reports over 600 victims to date.

There is an expression stating that “if you saved one life, it is as if you have saved the world.” For those of you unfamiliar with American Expediting Company, this sums up a large percentage of the deliveries we’re called upon to do. As of November 9th, we have helped to save 36 lives this month alone. It is a task we perform on a routine basis.

Over the course of our 27 years of operation, we have carved a niche for ourselves in the “medical” transportation industry. Our portfolio of customers includes the country’s best known and most respected hospital systems, blood banks, medical equipment companies, and medical laboratories. We have rushed a replacement heart to a surgical center, as well as blood to avert a national crisis. And, much like an emergency room team, when we are called, we activate with speed to ensure a quick, secure delivery.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed to the “emergency” use of a drug for certain hospitalized adult and pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected H1N1 influenza. This is an experimental antiviral drug to treat severe cases of H1N1 or Swine flu, and is being tested by the FDA for their approval.
So, how does American Expediting Company fit into this picture? How does it jibe with our slogan that “we help save lives?”
Along with our transportation partner, our offices in both Baltimore and Philadelphia are picking up this life saving medicine from health services facility in Perry Pointe, Maryland. We are required to either rush directly to the airport to get packages onto the next flight servicing hospitals across the country, or directly drive them to hospitals without immediate service from airports. Whether it be a late night drop off to Northern Rhode Island, or a remote West Virginia hospital not serviced by an airport, we deliver safely and as fast as is legally possible.
Next time you find yourself in the Big Apple, look up at those billboard counters, and imagine among them yet another tally board with ever increasing numbers counting the number of people saved, and the slogan beneath it proclaiming “AT AMERICAN EXPEDITING, WE HELP TO SAVE LIVES!”

1 comment:

  1. It is comforting to know that American Expediting is out there helping get it done. Thanks