Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Deploys Lifesaving Blood Products on Flights

June 11, 2021

Emergency air medical flights will now carry whole blood on board to help save lives

Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center, a New Jersey state designated level 2 trauma center, in partnership with Air Methods, are pleased to announce their emergency response aircraft are now carrying blood on flights to serve the communities in the air medical response area.

During a medical emergency, blood products save lives. This is specifically true for patients in or at risk for hemorrhagic shock or have suffered significant trauma. Every day our nation’s EMS providers rush to the aid of critically ill and injured people in our communities and often those efforts  would benefit from the use of pre-hospital blood products.

“Frequently our caregivers are faced with the emergency transport of a critically injured trauma patient,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center. “Clinical research shows providing blood-products in the field improves outcomes for these patients. It is in the best interest of the community we serve to carry blood on board our emergency medical aircrafts. We are thrilled to be the first New Jersey hospital-based air medical program  licensed to store and carry whole blood.”

The program will begin with AirMed One, based in West Milford, NJ, and then expand this summer to AirMed Two, based in Berkeley Township, NJ.  The teams will carry type O whole blood, known as the “universal donor,” so they can begin this life-saving treatment on the way to the hospital.