More than 4,400 people showed up before the Sky Sox game on Tuesday evening to learn how to perform CPR, and potentially save a life.
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and the Colorado Springs Fire Department joined forces with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to hold the mass CPR training event before their game with the Round Rock Express.
The event was to teach people, but it was also a shot at breaking the world record for most attendees at a mass training event. Colorado Springs had 4,459 people show up to learn CPR, falling short of the 6,577 goal already reached by the current record holder, the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
Those who learned at Security Service Field were given a take-home CPR training kit, which also included a free practice dummy.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department’s goal is to double the total percentage of Colorado Springs citizens trained in CPR by 2012. Most recent statistics show that only 4 percent of city residents are trained in CPR. CSFD hopes this event will help them reach their goal of 10 percent.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department says the following statistics highlight the importance of such training:
• Each year, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 1 million people
• One in every three cardiovascular deaths is caused by sudden cardiac arrest
• Almost 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by family members
• Fewer than 1 in 3 victims receive bystander CPR
• Bystander CPR more than doubles a victim's chance of surviving a cardiac arrest by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart and brain until more advanced care is available.
A traditional course takes about four hours – CPR Anytime takes 22 minutes, and, it’s just as effective as a traditional course.