World record CPR Marathon attempt in South Africa

A new Guinness World Record has been attempted for the most chest compressions given. At the CPR Marathon hosted by Netcare Pretoria East Hospital in South Africa last week, 101,000 chest compressions were given in 6 hours 17 minutes. The current record was set in 2010 by the American Red Cross in Michigan, with 70,000 compressions.

Nurses, students and the general public participated in the CPR Marathon. A training area allowed people to practise their compressions prior to the record attempt, which the hospital used as a basic life support training course for members of the public and non-clinical hospital staff.

Two Resusci Anne manikins were used, and each participant had to deliver 200 compressions in 2 minutes. Over 500 people took part in the event, and the hospital will hear the outcome early next year.

Setting a World Record is governed by strict rules and guidelines, but whatever the outcome, an event where 500 people were able to practise delivering quality CPR is a fantastic achievement in itself.