The training tool used for this scale of project was Laerdal’s MiniAnne / CPR Anytime kit. Each student was issued with a kit that included a personal manikin for practising ventilations and compressions, while watching the inclusive instructional DVD on the world’s largest high definition television screen - another Guinness World Record claimed by the stadium.
The ambitious project was spearheaded by the group 'CPaRlington' which is made up of a partnership between Arlington Fire Department officials, representatives from the UTA School of Nursing; and the American Heart Association; with an objective to train 10% of Arlington's citizens in CPR over the following five years.
To date, 25,140 citizens have received training from CPaRlington as of mid-way through 2009, which represents nearly 70% of Mayor Cluck's five year goal. The advantages of using the MiniAnne / CPRAnytime kit to realise this goal was the fact that the kit had been shown to enable further use by school children’s family and friends, as well as its effectiveness as a training tool in teaching the core skills of CPR.
Previous World Record Holder
The training session broke the previous record by nearly 1,000 people. The last world record was established in 2008 in Norway. Sponsored by the Norwegian Air Ambulance, 3,691 fourteen year olds gathered in the Valhall Football arena in Oslo to learn the CPR life saving skills.
Helping Save Lives
Common to both record holders was a coordinated commitment and driving ambition to help save lives by spreading CPR knowledge into communities. More often than not, it will be the actions of lay bystander in those critical moments, who may be able to make a difference to the survival of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
Today, there are more than twenty countries around the world where the Mini Anne/CPRAnytime kit is an intrinsic part of CPR community projects, so it is likely that this record will be broken again.