A new Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Training CPR Lesson’ has been made in Arlington, Texas. One hundred and four school buses transported 4,626 Arlington Independent School District eighth grade students to Cowboys stadium in Arlington to take part in the 30 minute training session.

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 practicing 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 advantage of using the Mini Anne / CPR Anytime kit to achieve this goal was not only the kit's effectiveness in teaching the core skills of CPR, but also the fact that it was proven to also be used by the school children's family and friends.

Previous World Record Holders

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. Before that, the record belonged to Korea as part of an ambitious CPR training program which was facilitated by KACPR (Korean Resuscitation Council) and its project partner, KLIA (Korea Life Insurance Association). The Korean project extended to 34,232 students from 998 elementary schools.

Helping Save Lives

Common to all three 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 is an intrinsic part of CPR community projects, so it is likely that this record will be broken again.