As if having a first class medical facility located in Kent wasn’t enough, University Hospitals (UH) continues to support their new hometown with a recent donation of Lifepaks, first aid kits, and tourniquets to the Kent Police Department for officers to carry in their patrol cars.
There’s a friendly rivalry between the Kent Police and Fire Departments, and despite the fact that they have great respect for each, they rarely miss an opportunity to point out how much more important their jobs are than the other.
Ironically, the two professions have never been closer.
More and more Kent Police are being trained to administer basic life saving skills — especially with the tidal wave of Opiod overdose cases — to help stabilize patients before the EMS crews arrive on scene.
Similarly, Kent’s dispatchers have also received new medical training to help them offer advice to 911 callers during certain medical emergencies.
When every second counts, these were logical steps to take to supplement Kent’s EMS services.
UH is making great progress on expanding their facility at the corner of SR261 and S. Water Street to include a 24 hour Emergency Room — but in the meantime they’re doing whatever they can to equip Kent’s first responders with technology that will help make sure patients will make it to the Emergency Room.
Very grateful for all UH is doing in the Kent community.