In 2012 Stamford broke a world record after training over 5,000 people in Hands-Only CPR. And this year, the goal is to double that number. The City announced the launch of the 2015 Stamford Hands for Life Campaign Thursday, aiming to train over 10,000 people in compression-only CPR.
Stamford Hospital Cardiologist Dr. Tom Nero spearheaded the first Hands for Life event in 2008. Seven years later, and the event has grown beyond expectations. Dr. Nero says it's all about giving victims more time, increasing their chances of survival.
And now, if there's someone in your area in need of CPR, your phone can alert you. Stamford EMS introduced PulsePoint at Thursday's announcement, a free app that can alert trained responders of a cardiac arrest nearby and the location of the nearest defibrillator. Over 1,000 communities in the U.S. are using it, and now Stamford is one of them.
Hands for Life events will be held throughout the week of September 21 with the main event taking place at Westhill High School on September 26. It only takes 15 minutes and is free of charge to learn how to save a life. To find out more and get involved, visit Handsforlife.org.