In 2009-2010, Cabell Huntington Hospital initiated a relationship with the Huntington Police Department. They provided Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for our headquarters and selected vehicles. These devices allow our officers to respond immediately to a victim, suspect, or fellow officer who is suffering from cardiac arrest. Associated training was also provided.
Additionally, Cabell Huntington Hospital, the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Program and HealthNet Aeromedical joined forces to provide the Huntington Police Department and other surrounding law enforcement agencies with 150 trauma packs and training on their use. These packs contain the tools and supplies to quickly stop bleeding from an injured person.
The idea for these trauma packs came from the shooting of an on-duty Huntington Police Officer. Dr. Stephen Wilson, a trauma surgeon at Cabell Huntington Hospital, realized the importance of these kinds of supplies and the associated training during such critical incidents and helped to initiate this valuable partnership. The officer mentioned in this incident has since recovered and returned to work, and the trauma packs donated by Cabell Huntington Hospital have already been deployed by our officers to save a life.