The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) is working double time to raise the public’s awareness on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and clinch the “CPR-ready” status for the Philippines.
Dr. Don Robespierre Reyes, editor-in-chief of ‘The Heart’, said they want to make the Philippines CPR-ready because of incidents of athletes experiencing cardiac arrest but the people around them do not know how to perform CPR.
To address this, the PHA will stage a campaign called “Nationwide Mass CPR Training” on April 25.
“This project aims to promote CPR as a must-know for all, not just among doctors, for nurses," Reyes said.
Aside from education, Reyes said they are also hoping to hit a Guinness record with this activity for the largest simultaneous CPR training.
“Last week, we had about 60 sites all over the Philippines—from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao—and we’re targeting at least a hundred [attendees] per site, but as of yesterday, the number of sites went up to 80. I think we can target around 80,000.”
PHA has partnered with the Department of Health, the Philippine Red Cross, and the American Heart Association for this project.
The list of sites is now listed in the Facebook page of CPR-Ready Philippines.