Mackenzie’s Mission believes no child should die or suffer brain injury as a result of drowning.
Every day we provide water safety and life jacket education because
drowning is preventable.
The goal of this program is to equip individuals and families with essential CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) knowledge in order to reduce the drowning and non-fatal drowning incidents in Colorado.
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), the method of circulating the blood of a non-breathing individual while also providing, and circulating, oxygen throughout the individual’s body, is extremely effective for drowning victims who have lost consciousness and or have stopped breathing on their own1 .
The proposed CPR program will provide CPR training, at low or no cost, to low-income communities near outdoor water sources as well as to high school students countywide. It is assumed that members of low-income communities are less likely to become CPR certified due to the costs involved and the potential language barriers.
Mackenzie’s Mission plans to offer CPR training to organizations, corporations, groups, and individuals at full price. These incoming funds will be directed into the CPR program to aid in offsetting the costs associated with delivering CPR training, fee-free or low-cost, to program recipients. It is assumed that these customers are willing to pay the locally average price, or a little more, for CPR training knowing that the extra funds will be used to train less fortunate individuals throughout Larimer County.
By training more people to perform CPR, drowning deaths and drowning related brain injuries can be significantly reduced. "Surviving a drowning event depends on a quick rescue and a restarting of the breathing process, even while the victim is still in the water." 2 Brain injury can occur while waiting for Emergency Medical Services to arrive and begin CPR on the victim. 2
1American National Red Cross. (2009). Swimming and water safety manual [PDF]. Yardley, PA: StayWell.
2Water safety tips. (2012). Retrieved from Mackenzie’s Mission, inc.: www.macksmission.org/tips.htm