Dubai Health Authority breaks Guinness World Record for most...

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in partnership with Philips and American Heart Association (AHA) broke the existing Guinness World Record for the most nationalities in a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) relay. A hundred and four nationalities took part in the relay, breaking the earlier Guinness World Record of 2016 when 74 nationalities took part in a CPR relay in Germany. The event was held in line with the Year of Zayed, the 47th UAE National Day and ahead of the World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health that will be held in Dubai from December 5 to 8. The record was broken today at City Walk, Dubai. HE Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA said, “We are proud of breaking this record and in turn raising awareness about the importance of CPR and its role in saving lives. Unfortunately, globally, heart disease is the number one killer and therefore community training in CPR is important to save lives. We thank all the participants who helped us break the record and raise awareness that CPR training is a life-saving skill. We now have an additional 104 community members who are qualified in CPR training and we hope many more will come forward and undertake this training.” Dr Fahd Baslaib, Interventional Cardiologist and CEO of Rashid Hospital said, “In a cardiac arrest, seconds count. The normal survival rate is five per cent but if CPR is administered in less than four minutes, the survival rate increases to 65 per cent. However, if administered by an unqualified person it can be more harmful than helpful; therefore, CPR training is a life-saving skill that community members should learn.” Ozlem Fidanci, CEO, Philips Middle East and Turkey said, “Our vision is to improve the lives of three billion people a year by 2025. As Philips, together with our partner Arasca, we are very happy to collaborate with the DHA to help significantly reduce the number of deaths resulting from cardiac arrest. Sadly, losing a life due to sudden cardiac arrest is the most common cause of death worldwide. According to the WHO, cardiovascular diseases represent 30 per cent of the total deaths in the country. The best chance to survive a cardiac arrest is achieved when CPR and defibrillation, using an automated external defibrillator (AED) is performed within a couple of minutes from the onset of the cardiac arrest. We want people to become more familiar with CPR and AED systems, so they are aware that they can undertake action in such a situation to help save a life.” DHA’s Medical Education and Research Department regularly organises CPR training sessions, participants are informed that they should call the emergency response number first and then start CPR. For more information, about CPR training courses, kindly contact +9714 2191905 or +9714 2191950

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