2017 was a big year for Start the Heart Foundation. We had a total of 24 college students serve as our CPR instructors this last year. These instructors came from 7 different colleges throughout the country. We continue to have fabulous instructors with our organization. One of our firsts this year, Obeida an Arabic speaking instructor with us taught hands only CPR in Arabic to his mosque here in Louisville. We continue to teach all freshmen in the high schools of Jefferson County as well as surrounding counties around Louisville. This year is our 4th year of teaching meaning we are having entire high schools where we have taught the students hands only CPR.
In the summer session, we have focused on teaching hands only CPR in local businesses and higher risk areas of cardiac arrest in Louisville. We found a great new place to teach was at farmers markets on Saturday mornings. The crowds were receptive and we usually picked up some good locally grown food to eat.
We taught over 9800 people hands only CPR in 2017. This is the largest number of people that we have taught in a single year since our inception in 2014. We are hoping that the trend continues in 2018. However, the best number to talk about is that we now have 10 confirmed cardiac arrest victim saves. In the last 6 months we have had to terrific saves related to our teaching. I am hoping to post about these two stories soon. We know that historically, 30 people that we have taught hands only CPR have attempted to save a cardiac arrest victim.
It has been a tremendously successful year for us at STHF. We hope to continue with more of the same in 2018.