Stamford, CT - The statistics are alarming. Each year 785,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack and nearly 300,000 of these suffer sudden cardiac arrest at the same time, often outside a hospital setting. Less than one in four receives CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) from a bystander, and only about five percent of cardiac arrest victims survive.
Sadly, many feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency, because they do not know how to administer CPR, do not feel confident in their skills, or are afraid. By working together, however, communities like Stamford can greatly improve these odds. Early activation of 911, early CPR and early defibrillation significantly improve outcomes.
“The solution,” explains Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, who is leading a new community-wide initiative called Hands for Life Stamford 2012, “is to make Stamford the heart healthiest city in our nation by training thousands in effective, simple-to-apply Hands-Only CPR, so more people can be helped instantly, doubling or even tripling their chances for survival. We’re encouraging all area adults to come out on August 25 and become a lifesaver by learning CPR with their neighbors, family and friends.”
A global competition -- Stamford vs. Singapore for the World Record
Hands for Life ® Stamford 2012 will break a world record and create a new one – by training 10,000 or more adult residents from Stamford, Darien and surrounding areas in Hands Only CPR, and by adding further life-saving education, capacity and record-breaking distinction by instructing participants in the use of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). This extraordinary effort can increase the number of CPR-trained bystanders to ten percent or more in the City of Stamford alone -- truly a life changing experience for our community.
This massive event creates an unlikely global competition by pitting Stamford against Singapore for the existing world record in Hands-Only CPR training. To date, the highest number of individuals trained in hands-only CPR involved 7,909 participants organized by the Singapore Heart Foundation on January 2011.
“The Stamford area community is ideal for this record-breaking event,” Mayor Pavia explains, “We expect a tremendous turn-out from our energetic, diverse population with more than 120,000 residents and tens of thousands of daily commuters working for civic-minded corporations and a robust variety of midsize and small businesses.”
Save the Date: Hands for Life® Stamford – August 25, 2012
Hands for Life Stamford 2012 is the brainchild of a determined, leading cardiologist, a team of community leaders and area healthcare professionals. This remarkable, life-saving initiative will make it possible for one in ten adults in the community to be able to save a life when they see someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.
“All adults over the age of 16 in the area are encouraged to take part in this free event on August 25,” says Dr. Thomas Nero, co-director of Hands for Life. “For more information and to register, either as a participant or volunteer, people can go to www.handsforlife.org. In addition, teams of volunteers will be registering participants at numerous events and locations in and around the Stamford area, including the popular “Live at 5 concerts” and health fairs,” Dr. Nero added.
Participants are encouraged to form and register as teams by neighborhood, organization and business. Teams and individual participants will be scheduled by the hour to accomplish training the massive number of people in a single day. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the free group transportation to Chelsea Piers Connecticut, which will be provided from several central locations in Stamford. Parking also will be available at the Chelsea Piers facility. Logistical details will be posted at www.handsforlife.org well in advance of the event. All who register will be eligible for amazing door prizes during the August 25 event.
The Hands for Life® Stamford 2012 volunteer committee is made up of diverse, experienced civic and business leaders from the Stamford area’s medical, municipal, corporate, neighborhood, and not-for-profit organizations who are committed to the health and vitality of the City. Enthusiastic committee members and supporters include Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, Stamford EMS, Stamford Hospital, Co-program directors Dr. Thomas Nero, interventional cardiologist and Anne Fountain, Stamford Director of Public Health, and many more. The Chelsea Piers organization is generously donating the use of its new Stamford facility. Major sponsors include the Herbert & Nell Singer Foundation, CL&P, The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the City of Stamford, Stamford Hospital Foundation, Gen Re, and Stamford Emergency Medical Services.