Ohio Paramedics Believe New Drug Will Save Lives During Longer EMS Trips


UPDATED: Friday September 13, 2013 4:40 PM

Paramedics in Ohio have a new tool to help save lives.

The Ohio State University and the Newark Division of Fire are among the first in the nation to provide tranexamic acid to patients on the way to the hospital.

The drug works to reduce bleeding.

Paramedics say that there is really no way to help a patient, short of surgery, who may be suffering from internal bleeding.

But they say tranexamic acid is one of the few things they can give at the scene in order to help treat the patient.

New research shows the drug could be a life-saver for patients losing blood on long trips to the hospital.

More rural fire departments, as well as MedFlight of Ohio, are expected to start carrying the drug in the coming months.

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