Awareness Programs– NoTF is working to increase survival of sudden cardiac arrest, with awareness in bystander CPR, AED training and the importance of having Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in all public places.
Fact: Success begins with public bystanders. Communities with higher bystander CPR participation have higher SCA survival rates. Everyone should recognize and know how to call 911, start chest compressions and how to find and use an AED.
“Heart of” Project– NoTF works to educate school districts and communities about the need for Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) programs. By providing site assessment, emergency preparedness guides, training and program management for locations with existing PAD programs and helping facilitate and implement a program for schools that don’t currently have AED’s.
Fact: When someone suffers SCA the only thing that will revive them is a shock with an AED within 3-5 minutes. The first responder needs to be able to assess the situation, call 911, run for the AED and get it back the victim and place the pads to activate- all within that time frame, for the best chance at survival.
Community Youth Heart Screenings– NoTF organizes and facilitates eight to ten on-site community youth heart screenings per school year. Offered to all students ages 14-24 regardless of race, ethnicity, gender and socio-economic status.
Fact: SCA is the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes, happening every 3 days in the US. Most have hidden cardiac abnormalities with no warning signs until suffering an SCA. By providing an opportunity for these students to be screened doctors are able to potentially save lives with early detection.