Today was the last day of our intense Winter hands only teaching program in Louisville, KY. Three weeks ago, seven students from DePauw University moved to Louisville to become hands only CPR instructors. These students came from all over the world to live here and benefit our community. We had interns from Brazil, New York City, Chicago, Kansas and Indiana.
When they arrived they did not really know each other. They came together as a group and became outstanding hands only CPR instructors. With the help of Janice Morgan, lead CPR instructor for LMEMS, they first became certified in traditional CPR. The interns then learned about and practiced teaching hands only CPR. On January 6th they went out into the Louisville community and began teaching hands only CPR. Since that time they have taught over 90 hands only CPR classes in 27 local area high schools. In addition, they taught in churches and our monthly class at Louisville Cardiology office. We taught over 3200 people hands only CPR in 12 days of full time teaching. As a first for the foundation, we expanded our teaching efforts into Indiana and taught freshmen high school students in 5 different counties in the Louisville region. It has been a busy and fruitful 3 weeks.
Louisville has a pitifully low bystander CPR rate of 16% last year. The number one reason for people not to perform CPR is a lack of education of what to do. It is hard to prove that the tremendous effort that these instructors just performed will make an immediate impact but it will make an impact in the future. Our foundation is dedicated to improving the cardiac arrest situation in Louisville. With first class interns like we just had, I have no doubt we will see an improvement in the future.
Thank you to our interns for their hard work and improving our community.
Special thanks to Sally who cooked, cleaned, fed and organized the logistics of the month.
In my family at Thanksgiving, before the feast everyone speaks up about what they are thankful for from the last year. So, here is my attempt with the last year of the Start the Heart Foundation. We are thankful for visionary supporters that believe in our mission to try and save the lives of cardiac arrest victims through education and teaching of hands only CPR. We have a tremendous board of directors that has great energy and passion. We recently have added several new dynamic members to the board and look forward to their contributions in the future.
We are thankful for our tremendous donors. We have had strong support from the Humana Foundation, the Metro Government, and all of the major healthcare providers in our region. We have had broad support from a number of other companies and individual donors. Without the support we would not be able to provide this education for the public.
We are thankful for our wonderful interns that provide all of the education of hands only CPR. These are usually full time college students that take 1 or 2 days a week out of their schedule to teach in Louisville. It is truly heroic work that they are doing. We recently had our 3rd confirmed save of a cardiac arrest victim from someone who had taken our class.
I am thankful for Janice Morgan, head CPR instructor with Louisville Metro EMS. Janice has selflessly certified all of our interns in CPR and helped to educate them in the instruction of hands only CPR. Janice is ultimately responsible for helping to teach over 12,000 people hands only CPR in the last year.
I am thankful to my wife, Sally, who is the secretary of the foundation and has been in charge of the day to day logistical operations of the organization. She has spent countless hours working on keeping this highly successful mission going strong.
Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.
This week our fall teaching campaign started in earnest. We taught at 2 area high schools, at Corinthian Baptist church and at DePauw University. We taught close to 300 people hands only CPR in the first week.
In Louisville, we taught at Iroquois and Eastern High schools. We teach through the freshman PE/health classes. The students are always enthusiastic and quick learners of hands only CPR.
For our new cardiac arrest intern the first day is always a big one. They start the morning as rookies and by the end of the first afternoon they are experts. Our new interns did a great job and it is going to be a good year teaching hands only CPR.
I had the opportunity to go to DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. I spoke to the premedical fraternity about our foundation and internship opportunity and then taught them hands only CPR. DePauw students will come to Louisville in January to teach hands only CPR with our organization.
It was a good week. If you want to be apart of this organization or want to learn about hands only CPR contact us through the website.
Start the heart foundation shot their first infomercial with members of the Ballard baseball team. The members of the team were taught hands only CPR last season. They still have good retention of the training which is a major advantage of hands only CPR; it is easy to learn and remember.
The commercial was shot as part of a sponsorship for Ballard baseball’s up coming super preps baseball tournament. Thank you to Jack, M
Written by Julia Dillon
Each New Year people are encouraged to make resolutions to improve themselves or better society. People vow to workout every day, to volunteer more, and to eat less. By February, most gyms are no longer packed, people realize volunteering takes time, and they remember how good cake tastes. According to a University of Scranton study, only 8% of people actually fulfill their New Year’s resolution.
Maybe instead of attempting to change lives in major ways people could resolve to make minor changes that can have major impacts. Two simple resolutions that can have positive influence in your life and others are learning how to perform hands only CPR and learning how to avoid a cardiac arrest. Last year in Louisville, Kentucky 750 people had a cardiac arrest. One in ten of those victims survived. This scary low survival rate has many wondering how to bypass becoming a statistic?
The best way to prevent a cardiac arrest is to avoid one. Not smoking, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly are key in avoiding a cardiac arrest. Following these guidelines gives you a better chance of not becoming a cardiac arrest victim, but remember; cardiac arrest does not discriminate, and even the healthiest people can have a cardiac arrest.
So you are walking into a health food store, on a quest to eat better foods, and the man walking out of the store collapses. This is when the resolution of learning hands only CPR comes into play. What do you do? First make sure he is not breathing by looking at his chest to see if it rises. Then you designate a bystander to call 911, and another bystander to find an AED. You begin performing hands only CPR by locking your elbows, interlacing your fingers, and giving chest compressions. Remember push down about two inches to the beat of “Staying Alive”. You keep performing hands only CPR until EMS arrives. Once EMS takes over and you step back, you can pat yourself on the back for saving the man’s life, and for making a resolution that positively impacted the man and his family.
Start the Heart Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to teaching as many people hands only CPR. If more people know how to perform hands only CPR, they are likely to intervene and increase a cardiac arrest victims chances of survival. Start the Heart will teach hands only CPR to anyone, anywhere at no cost. If you want a group of people to learn how to save a life with hands only CPR, sign up for a class here: http://starttheheartfoundation.org/sign-up-for-cpr-training/
Written by Julia Dillon
This month Start the Heart Foundation has five new interns. These five individuals are DePauw University students spending winter term teaching hands only CPR, but what are they really like?
Senior Chip Locke is a Computer Science major from Minnesota. The pre-med computer science combination made me wonder how Chip would blend the two together. Chip says he “is interested in the application of data in cancer research.” While cancer research is a little different from Start the Heart, Chip is glad to gain the valuable experience of teaching people a necessary life skill. He states, “I am really thankful for getting the chance to interact with so many different people doing something worthwhile.” For fun, Chip likes to strum the guitar and shoot hoops. Working side by side with Chip is junior Sammi Bell. Sammi’s favorite part about being a Start the Heart intern is “hanging out with 9th graders all day.” She is passionate about the medical field because she is a people person and “there is always an opportunity to learn more and help others daily.” In her spare time, Sammi plays softball for DePauw, knits, and watches Netflix.
Sophomore Rachel Lahr is interested in medical research because “you get to help people. Rachel says her favorite part about being a Start the Heart intern is “getting to teach so many kids an important skill.” In her spare time she enjoys reading. Rachel teams up with sophomore Brady Tucker and senior Collin Henry. Brady would like to pursue medicine because “I have always been interested in science”, where as Collin believes medicine “is the perfect trifecta of a love for science, a challenge mentally and helping others.” Collins favorite part of teaching hands only CPR classes is “when it clicks for the kids and they get it.” Brady is the adventurous type and enjoys cave spelunking and Collin plays baseball for DePauw University.
All of these DePauw students are hardworking and display excellent communication skills, resulting in informational and entertaining classes. During the past eight months Start the Heart Foundation taught 4,500 people hands only CPR. In only five days, over 1,000 high school students have learned hands only CPR thanks to our wonderful DePauw interns.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the United States. By far my favorite holiday. At my house, this involves the entire extended family gathering at my mother’s house to celebrate. I am thankful that I did not have to work this year and was able to attend. My mother asked that I teach the family hands only CPR after the Thanksgiving dinner. I was happy to do this, but honestly I have only taught a class once. Usually our excellent cardiac arrest interns do the teaching and they were off celebrating with there families.I enlisted my nephew, Sam, as my honorary intern and he helped inflate the mannequins.
After finally getting the technology working with my father’s projector, we were off and teaching. (Always a joyous experience working out technology issues with your dad.)
As usual, cardiac arrest is a bit of a serious discussion and the family listened intently with many good questions. “Can you get sued if the person dies and you tried to save them with CPR?” No, there are Good Samaritan laws designed to protect bystanders and encourage there help in emergency situations. “Should you perform CPR on a hard surface?” Yes, if the victim is on a couch or in a bed they need to be moved to the floor first as compressions on a soft surface are not effective.
Here, we taught our friend the Wicke’s, who are here from Germany visiting. This is our first international person that the foundation has taught hands only CPR.
As happens in every class, the students start off wary and hesitant. After people put there hands on the mannequins and remember the simple instructions of 1. check for a response 2. Call 911 (get the experts on the way) 3. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest at 2 compressions a second and don’t stop till help arrives, a light goes off. “I can do this. It’s not that hard.” The classes are a very empowering experience for the people that take them.
Why is it important to teach hands only CPR to friends and family? 80% of cardiac arrests happen in a private residence. The chances are the person you perform CPR on is going to be someone that you know or love. I hope my family never has to perform CPR on someone, but if they do, I feel confident that they will act and do a wonderful job.
If you want us to come and teach your friends and family please sign up through the website. We will come and teach at your house if you have agreed of 15 or more people. Another option is to attend our monthly CPR class that is held on the second Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm at the offices of Louisville Cardiology.
Lastly, I am thankful to be with my friends and family yesterday. I am extremely thankful to my wife who has shouldered a major load with running this foundation. I am thankful for our wonderful cardiac arrest interns who have full time jobs and still some how teach hands only CPR. They are tremendous instructors and even better people. Lastly, I am thankful to all of the people who have made this foundation a success.