FIRST AID: Advanced care paramedic Leigh Anderson of Whitsunday Ambulance Station demonstrates CPR on a mannequin. Photo: Kathryn Cygan
FIRST AID: Advanced care paramedic Leigh Anderson of Whitsunday Ambulance Station demonstrates CPR on a mannequin. Photo: Kathryn Cygan

CPR world record

PARAMEDICS at the Whitsunday Ambulance Station are gearing up for their very own world record attempt for the most people participating in a CPR relay.

Officer in charge at the Cannonvale Ambulance Station Steve Thurtell said the record attempt was a part of the Queensland Ambulance Service's campaign, which aimed to teach as many people as possible how to perform CPR.

"The state-wide campaign has been going on for a few years now, but this year they've been concentrating on teaching the basics of CPR to people without having to undertake a full first aid course," he said.

Mr Thurtell said the first ten minutes was crucial. CPR has the potential to save lives.

"We're concentrating on early intervention. There is a huge increase in survivable outcomes for the patient if someone is able to perform this lifesaving skill," he said.

So far this year, over 10,000 people in the Mackay and Whitsunday region have taken a CPR lesson, offered by the Queensland Ambulance Service.

The world record attempt will take place at the Airlie Beach Lagoon carpark, on November 22 and will be added into the event planning for Schoolies 2015.

People who wish to take part will be given a time slot and called when it is their turn to participate. The previous world record for the most people undertaking a CPR relay was 720 people, in Times Square, New York.


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