Trauma packs containing life-saving tools for victims of traumatic injuries were handed out today at Cabell Huntington Hospital to representatives from seven law enforcement agencies throughout Cabell County.
At a special presentation on the hospital's helipad, officials from Cabell Huntington Hospital, HealthNet Aeromedical Services and the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Program discussed the importance of the Law Enforcement Trauma Pack project that began following the shooting of an on-duty member of the Huntington Police Department in 2009. Dr. Stephen Wilson, a trauma surgeon with the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Department of Surgery, and Cabell Huntington Hospital developed the trauma packs to provide life-saving equipment to be used on a victim of a shooting, stabbing or traumatic injury while awaiting treatment from emergency medical personnel or hospital staff.
The packs give officers the supplies to treat themselves or the public, and they contain first aid equipment and a special product called QuikClot that is designed to help treat external bleeding while awaiting EMS arrival. Dr. Wilson provided training for the officers on the proper use of the trauma packs.
Cabell Huntington Hospital, HealthNet Aeromedical Services and the Governor's Highway Safety Program teamed up to provide 145 trauma packs to equip every cruiser in Cabell County. Packs were distributed to members of the Huntington Police Department, Marshall University Police Department, Cabell County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police - Cabell County Detachment, Division of Natural Resources - Law Enforcement Section, Barboursville Police Department and Milton Police Department.
Cabell Huntington Hospital, a joint level II trauma center, treats more than 2,000 patients each year who have suffered traumatic injuries from crimes or accidents.