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Guinness World Record attempt for the largest CPR training

2,107 children in the Netherlands successfully attempted a new world record for the largest ever cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training exercise recently, using automated external defibrillator (AED) training sets.

The event was organised by the foundation AED4ALL and the Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital (CWZ) in Nijmegen, where children, between 10 and 12 years of age, demonstrated the ease of using these advanced lifesaving systems during a successful group training exercise.

The previous Guinness World Record for the largest AED CPR training exercise was set in January 2012 by 1,708 people in Singapore. Although the final confirmation from the Guinness Book of Records will be verified in six weeks, the results show a new world record will be set.

To prepare the children for the record-breaking CPR training exercise, hospital employees have been providing training programs at various schools in Nijmegen and the surrounding regions for the past few months. The training systems used operate in exactly the same way as a real AED, except no shocks are emitted. They can be distinguished by their blue cases instead of the standard red ones.

“We are extremely proud that this group of children was able to achieve its goal of breaking the world record CPR training exercise with AEDs. We want people to become more familiar with CPR and AED systems at the earliest age possible, so that they won’t be afraid of cardiac arrest, but rather are aware that they can undertake action and possibly save a life. We are pleased that Philips has supported our initiative by providing the AEDs which are safe and easy to use,” said Anne-Marie Willems, the Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital CPR Coordinator.

Published on: June 20, 2013

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