We essentially have 2 hands only CPR training seasons at Start the Heart. We have our academic training period during the high school year where we teach hands only CPR to area high school students. This will eventually lead to a blanket of hands only CPR trained persons in our community. Our second season is our summer training season. In the summer we go full time and teach anywhere, any place and anytime. We focus on trying to get into the higher risk areas of Louisville for cardiac arrest.
We have been to community centers, farmers markets, cyclocross races, area businesses both big and small, churches and yoga studios.
Why do we do this? Last year Louisville had a bystander CPR rate of only 15 %. The national average is 30 % and some cities have rates of 75%. The number one reason that people do not perform bystander CPR is a lack of education and fear. The goal of our class is to educate and reduce the fear. If the general public does not act during a cardiac arrest then it is unlikely that the victim will survive the event. We have to do better and we will do better.
If you want to schedule a class with us just drop an email to us through the website.