The average time it takes an ambulance to respond to a call is 15 minutes nation wide, and about 9 minutes in Minnesota. The time between the injury and receiving care from EMTs and being transported to the hospital is critical. My goal is to be trained to help in emergencies to bridge the gap from injury to ambulance and to be able to train others free of charge to do the same.
Taking an EMR course through Sanford Health and a CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor course through American Red Cross would allow me to be of more use to those in an emergency situation. Being an instructor for CPR/First Aid/AED would allow me to train people free of charge to provide care in the event of an emergency. An article published in the journal"Circulation" in 2016 called "Regional Variation in Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival in the United States" concluded that bystanders providing CPR greatly improved patient outcomes in cardiac arrest patients, but patients were 51% less likely to receive bystander CPR in low-income black or mixed neighborhoods compared to high income white neighborhoods. The goal is to lower barriers to learning CPR thus having more trained people able to do support care while waiting on more advanced aid, improving the chances of the patient surviving and improving recovery time. Currently, in order to receive training, people have to pay anywhere from $50 to $100 out of pocket which disincentivize people from taking these lifesaving courses.
More medical journals and statistics are available if needed.
Funded by Cass Clay (August 2020)