Trying to break world record for CPR training

August 24, 2012 2:17:36 PM PDT
As you drive through Stamford, Connecticut, you'll see signs all over town telling you to "be a hero" and learn CPR.

On Saturday, the city of Stamford hopes to pack more than 10,000 people into the Fieldhouse of Chelsea Piers of Connecticut.

The goal is to break the Guinness World Record for training the most people in CPR in one day.

"Everyone's gonna get a one on one training on how to do compressions," said Dr. Thomas Nero, M.D. Interventional Cardiologist at Stamford Hospital.

Dr. Nero has seen the lifesaving power of CPR and defibrillators and now he wants the entire town to be trained.

"To make people realize that not only is it possible for them to learn, but that we support them, that we think that this is important," he says. "And when it comes down to it at the end of the day when someone collapses in front of them, that they have the confidence that the entire city is behind them," adds Dr. Nero.

If you or a loved one goes into cardiac arrest, the chance of surviving goes down by 10% for ever minute that treatment is delayed.

One big concern people often have about CPR is the mouth to mouth- especially if you're doing it on a stranger.

But research shows that compressions only CPR, or hands only CPR can save lives.

In just 15 minutes, you'll learn hands only CPR and how to use a defibrillator. The event is part of the Hands for Life Stamford program and it's completely free for anyone who attends.

The CPR training event is this Saturday August 25th from 8 a-m to 6 p-m.


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