In a record, 28,000 people learn how to perform CPR at Saveetha University,
Chennai: In a Guinness record breaking event, a total of 28,050 people learnt to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on Friday.The two-day event 'Save-A-Life Movement' was conducted at Saveetha University in association with Times Foundation, a body initiated by the Times Group. Close to 60 educational institutions participated in the event which was conducted to create awareness regarding the use of CPR technique to save lives. Over 2,500 student volunteers, 200 staff and 100 instructors from the college worked round-the-clock to achieve this feat.Swapnil Dangarikar, adjudicator with Guinness World Records and N M Veeraiyan, chancellor of the university, inaugurated the event.
Volunteers had to conduct 60 chest compressions at the rate of 120/minute on a single mannequin, during the session. The team also set an additional world record by doing a relay without going on a break.Participants learnt the procedure on how to start with the heart, lungs and keep the brain of the patient alive. With such training, a regular bystander will be equipped to give preliminary first-aid to save someone's life."Every individual of the university along with partnered universities came together to create a social change," said T Gunasekaran, dean of the university.