The second annual American Medical Response (AMR) World CPR Challenge recently rolled across the United States. AMR teams from 80 operational locations came together for one mission: to teach people how to save a life by learning compression-only CPR. At 175 events in 28 states, AMR professionals trained 61,883 people during the 24-hour event, beating their 2013 record by more than 6,000.
Locally, AMR crew members trained 925 people in compression only CPR at three sites throughout the county. “This is important to our community as studies show that compression-only CPR is an effective and life-saving procedure,” added Erik Rohde, General Manager. “When bystanders perform compression-only CPR until emergency responders arrive, a patient’s chance of survival can be tripled.”
AMR paramedics, EMTs and support team members trained participants in compression-only CPR at more than 175 separate training events held around the country, including shopping malls, fire stations, high schools and outdoor venues.
“As the largest provider of medical transportation in the country, we rallied our national resources with the singular goal of making our communities safer by teaching compression-only CPR,” said AMR President Ted Van Horne. “I am so proud of the commitment, dedication and hard work of the more than 18,000 professionals at AMR that enabled this year’s event to surpass our 2013 results.”
While the AMR CPR Challenge is a one-day event, AMR professionals teach compression-only CPR throughout the year.