Most people in a CPR relay: University of Manchester breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
MANCHESTER, UK -- More than 800 people have set a new World Record at a University of Manchester-organised CPR relay, in aid of European Restart a Heart Day, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: More than 800 people have set a new World Record at a University of Manchester-organised CPR relay, in aid of European Restart a Heart Day.
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest CPR training session involved 11,840 participants and was organised by Klinik für Anästhesiologie, operative Intensivmedizin und Schmerztherapie Münster (Germany), in Münster, Germany, on 17 September 2013.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most people to complete CPR training in 24 hours; it was 20,035 people achieved at an event organized by the Taoyuan County Government, Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei, on 7 December 2012 Training to save a life only takes 15 minutes and each volunteer who took part performed chest compressions for one minute before the next person took over. Even a five second delay between the transfer between people would have resulted in the record being invalid, so organisation was key to the success of the attempt.
The previous Guinness World Records world record was held by the American Heart Association who managed to get 700 people to take part in New York in June 2015.
The record attempt was the brainchild of senior nursing lecturer, Patricia Conaghan and Professor Christopher Cutts, Associate Dean for Social Responsibility, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.
Patricia said: "A huge thanks to our volunteers and the people of Manchester who took part in the attempt today. Mainly though this is about getting the message out that learning this skill only takes a few minutes and thanks to this event we've now got over 700 people who can perform CPR in an emergency."
The event was supported by The University of Manchester Students' Union, Resuscitation Council (UK); Laerdal, CityCo, Cardiac Smart, Hand on Heart, North West Ambulance Service,Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the European Resuscitation Council.
The event was also supported by donations from University alumni and friends.
The University of Manchester has a strong commitment to supporting resuscitation through the deployment of defibrillators across campus and training initiatives including a student volunteering project.