Cabell Huntington Hospital's Emergency Department donated four automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the Huntington Police Department Wednesday to provide officers with another life-saving tool to serve the public. Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook said the donation will provide officers with an important tool to provide immediate help for people in medical distress.
"Cabell Huntington Hospital has been very generous to the Huntington Police Department since I became chief, and this was another area where they saw our need and met it with these life-saving devices," Holbrook said during a news conference at the hospital Wednesday. "The relationship between Huntington Police and Cabell Huntington Hospital, especially the hospital's Emergency Department, has been exceptional. We are grateful for this donation."
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 300,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of AEDs can double a victim's chance for survival.
Maria Summers, nurse manager for Cabell Huntington Hospital's Emergency Department said she learned recently that Huntington Police officers receive training to use AEDs but did not have the devices to use.
"We thought this was an important donation because Cabell Huntington Hospital believes in supporting our community," Summers said. "When we heard there was a need for these to be used by officers, who are often first responders, we felt this was important to provide these for them."
Holbrook said the AEDs will benefit officers by being placed at the Huntington Police Department headquarters and also available for use when officers are the first on the scene of emergencies.