CNCC receives funding for project

RANGELY I The Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) has received notification from the Bacon Family Foundation of Grand Junction that their request for funding to provide AED Defibrillators and CPR/first aid training for faculty and staff was approved with a grant.  The funding was in response to the CNCC Student Safety and Well-being Project, which was developed as a proactive measure to address the rise of sudden cardiac arrest in young people by obtaining the proper equipment and training. In the event a student attending class or participating in an extracurricular activity off-campus suffers from sudden cardiac arrest, CNCC will have a defibrillator in each building, as well as two portable units and CPR/first aid trained faculty and staff who will be able to respond immediately to the emergency and provide the proper medical treatment until professional medical help arrives.
Cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest, is the cessation of normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract effectively. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the sudden and unexpected death which occurs within minutes after collapse.  It is most common in older people with serious heart ailments although it is happening more frequently in young and healthy people with no outward signs of heart disease. The treatment for cardiac arrest is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to provide circulatory support, followed by defibrillation if a shockable rhythm is present.  If defibrillation is not present after CPR and other interventions, clinical death is inevitable.
Funding received from the Bacon Family Foundation will be used to purchase eight (8) AED defibrillators and provide all faculty and staff with CPR/first aid training at the Rangely campus.  This is an important project for CNCC and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Bacon Family Foundation for their support.