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MONOC Medics First in New Jersey to Carry TXA

Wall, NJ – MONOC Paramedics are the first in New Jersey to carry a medication called Tranexamic Acid (TXA) on their Mobile Intensive Care Units to give to severely injured trauma patients who have or are at risk for severe hemorrhage.  Studies have shown a decrease in mortality when TXA is used within three hours of injury and even more when given within one hour.  TXA works by allowing the body to better maintain clots to control bleeding.

In the United States, trauma is the leading cause of death in patients under 45 and the fourth leading cause of death for all ages.  According to the CDC, more than 140,000 patients die each year from traumatic injuries and 80,000 are permanently disabled.

Vince Robbins, MONOC’s President and CEO said, “TXA has been proven to save lives, be safe to administer and is rapidly becoming the standard of care in prehospital medicine.  MONOC continues to be proactive by updating our medical treatment protocols based on evidence based research and medicine.”

MONOC Mobile Health Services is a non-profit hospital cooperative consisting of 15 acute care hospitals located throughout New Jersey. Formed in 1978 MONOC’s mission is to improve healthcare and reduce costs.  MONOC employs over 790 employees and operates a fleet of over 100 ambulances.  Together this shared services consortium acts as a healthcare cooperative for these acute care hospitals and over 2.8 million residents that they serve living in more than 1,800 square miles of the Garden State.

Among its numerous service lines, MONOC operates MICU Paramedic Services, Helicopter interfacility and 911 services, Mobile Critical Care Services and Basic Life Support interfacility and 911 services.  Additionally, MONOC operates the State’s largest EMS education department and a 24/7 state of the art 9-1-1 dispatch center which handled over 146,000 requests for service in 2014.