Increase in bystander CPR after McKinney sets Guinness World Record
More people trained and willing to step in and help in a medical crisis
McKINNEY, TX – 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.”