What is the Johnson County HeartSafe Foundation?
The Johnson County HeartSafe Foundation is a 501c3 organization located in Johnson County, Kansas, that aims to increase the chances of survival after sudden cardiac arrest, through the education and awareness of hands-only CPR and public AED deployment for Johnson County residents and visitors.
Our four main purposes of our organizations are as follows:
• Purpose one –to continue to support and educate through hands-only CPR programs
• Purpose two –to enhance public access to AED;
• Purpose three - to publicly celebrate bystander response;
• Purpose four – to create an outlet for cardiac arrest survivors and families
What is "Hands-Only" CPR?
Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park).
Why Learn With Us?
If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings.
In 2014, Johnson County had a bystander rate of 19%, meaning that when EMS arrived, there was someone already doing CPR only 19% of the time. As of 2016, Johnson County is at 65.1%.
Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. It can double or even triple a victim's chance of survival.
No one wants to be a helpless witness when a cardiac arrest turns into a cardiac death. By becoming HeartSafe, you have power to act and to save lives!