On Nov. 9, 2018, in McKinney ISD Stadium, 12,128 people pledged to learn hands-only CPR, setting a Guinness World Record. The McKinney Fire Department now knows that people are putting that pledge to use.
In the year since the record setting event, the use of bystander CPR increased 8 percent in McKinney. That means in 33 percent of cardiac emergencies, a bystander has been willing to step up and provide hands-only CPR.
“We are so excited to be seeing results like this one year after MFD’s joint effort involving MISD and Medical Director Dr. Liz Fagan,” said Merit Ossian, Public Information Officer and Education Coordinator. “The McKinney Fire Department is working hard to get more people who live and work in McKinney trained through our Ready to React program that teaches hands-only CPR along with Stop the Bleed Training.”
Visit mckinneytexas.org/2129/ready-to-react to get more information on the McKinney Fire Department’s Ready to React program, including how to sign up for the training.
A recent study published in Circulation shows bystander-performed CPR for out of hospital cardiac arrest doubles the survival rate.