Our foundation started teaching hands only CPR in May of 2014. Initially, we were going to teach hands only CPR just during the summer with a focus on teaching in the highest risk areas of Louisville. We had an extremely successful start during the summer and taught over 1800 people hands only CPR in a 12 week period. We felt that this was not enough. We quickly added our academic year teaching program. During the academic school year, starting in September, we began an effort to try and teach every freshman in Jefferson County hands only CPR. We focused on freshmen because all freshmen in Kentucky are required to take health and physical education and this is a natural class for us to be involved. Freshmen are also mentally and physically mature enough to successfully learn and perform hands only CPR. This fall we taught 2700 students at 21 area high schools. Keep in mind that our cardiac arrest interns accomplished this all while being full time college students. Our third phase of teaching just finished this past January. We recruited and trained 5 students from DePauw University to come to Louisville and teach hands only CPR on a full time basis during DePauw University’s Winter Term. These interns taught at 22 area high schools and taught over 2700 student hands only CPR in a three week period.
All total we have taught 7000 people hands only CPR in the first 9 months of our program. We will continue to focus our teaching efforts on local area high schools during the remainder of the academic year. We have taught at a total of 28 area high schools and by year’s end will provide hands only CPR teaching at every Jefferson County public high school and to most of the private high schools.
An intersting thing has happened while teaching at the high schools. We have been asked by a number of schools to come and teach the faculty at the school. We are currently scheduling CPR classes for our summer training program. Our classes are not a certification class for CPR. We teach hands only CPR which is the recommended type of CPR non-medical people to perform. We offer these classes at no cost to the public and teach the classes in 30-40 minutes. If you have a group of 15 or more people, call and schedule a hands only CPR class with us. We do offer a monthly CPR class on the second Thursday of each month at the office of Louisville Cardiology. The class starts at 5:00 pm and the address is Suite 60 3900 Kresge Way.
The foundation did suffer a significant loss earlier last month with the death of Jim King. Jim was the metro city council president and was emphatic in his support of our foundation and our mission. He was instrumental in helping to secure a grant for our foundation that has allowed us to expand our mission. We will greatly miss him.