How 53,000 people were trained during EMS Week
IMAGINE A LOCAL PARK on a beautiful 70-degree day in May. Joggers make their way along running trails and families spread picnic blankets beneath the kite-dotted sky. Someone strums a guitar.
This peaceful scene is interrupted by the sound of sirens. Several emergency vehicles enter the parking lot -fire engines, ambulances and unit chiefs. But this is no ordinary response: As the first responders step out of their vehicles, a disco beat emanates from a boom box, and the bystanders quickly recognize the tune: “Stayin’ Alive.” Before the Bee Gees get to the part about the New York Times’ effect on man, paramedics have set up a manikin on the grass and begun doing CPR. More manikins are deployed as the crowd grows, and the responders invite onlookers to take a turn doing chest compressions.
What’s going on here? It’s part of CPR Worldwide Challenge Day. Sponsored by American Medical Response, this year’s event will take place May 28 across the United States and overseas, in locations ranging from public parks to schools, beaches, shopping malls and more. Last year, more than 53,000 people were trained in compressions-only CPR; this year’s goal is to set a world record and break the 1 00,000 mark, and to reach millions more by working with the local media.
Want to join the challenge? You’re invited! To locate events near you, visit amr.net/News/AMRWorld-C PR-Challenge/States.aspx .