Start the Heart Summer Intern
Before I began my summer internship with Start the Heart Foundation I had no idea how much this organization would impact my beliefs on health care nor would I have guessed how much knowledge I would acquire. I applied for the summer intern position because I am pursuing a medical profession, and I wanted to learn more about cardiac arrests and the survival rates in our communities. Today, I know that approximately between 1,000-1,200 cardiac arrests happen every year in Indianapolis. Although this is an alarming statistic, it did not surprise me as much as finding out that only 1 in 3 people having a cardiac arrest will receive bystander CPR. When we share this information with the public they always, without fail, give us a blank stare with wide eyes and sometimes I see a few jaws drop. When I found out that in other cities, bystanders are more willing to intervene, 3 out of 4 people to be exact, my heart broke. At this exact moment something clicked, I understood exactly why this organization and its mission is so important. At that moment I knew my work would affect the lives of many; the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the students and employers. Cardiac arrest does not discriminate, and correspondingly everyone in our community should be educated on what to during an emergency situation.
Over the last two weeks, I have become very passionate about our work. We have traveled to various organizations within the Indianapolis community to educate the public about hands-only CPR. Through conversations with students, questions at the end of each session, or online feedback I have realized how much people value our time and overall message. They are engaged during our presentation and provide insightful reviews. To see the community committed to being part of a positive change, only motivates me as an instructor to seek more opportunities to educate the public.
I believe this passion I hold dear was illuminated on our very first day of training. When we initially met Dr. Dillon his dedication to the organization was made abundantly clear; his own passion radiates through his work and was projected to all of the summer interns, including myself. It is truly bothersome to know that due to a lack of education in the public sector, in regards on what to do during a cardiac arrest, fatalities are outrageously high every year. Our mission is to improve survival after cardiac arrest. The best way to do that is to educate our friends, neighbors, and community members on what to do during an emergency situation. My personal goal is to emphasize to those we teach how important it is to spread the world so that we can continue saving lives.