enFocusSave a Life CPR
Save a Life CPR
According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 Americans a year suffer an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA). Although CPR administered at the scene is known to potentially double or triple a person’s chance of survival, less than half of those that experience an OHCA get the immediate help they need before the ambulance arrives. A lack of widespread CPR training in most communities is frequently cited as the cause.
In St. Joseph County, enFocus, a local nonprofit, stepped in to help through their Save a Life mass CPR training program. Launched in 2017, the program has trained more than 3,900 eighth graders and had a measurable impact on student willingness to intervene in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.
In search of a partner to help support the program, enFocus submitted a grant request to the Foundation intended to aid in the purchase of enough CPR training mannequins to sponsor mass training events. The Foundation, citing the obvious benefit to community health and aware of enFocus’ reputation for providing a range of valuable training to local students and recent graduates, approved their grant request.