Group of people learn CPR.

More than 500 Individuals Learn Hands-Only CPR at a Durham Bulls Game

Friday, May 31st was Military Appreciation Night at the Durham Bulls minor league baseball game. Patients diagnosed with PTSD are 40% more likely to develop heart disease. In an effort to reach our military heroes and their families, the American Heart Association teamed up with Allscripts to teach Hands-Only CPR.

Hands-Only CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. By learning this simple two-step skill, almost anyone can save a life. And since 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes, it is crucial to reach the loved ones of our military members.

EMS teaches CPR

Outside the Durham Bulls stadium gates, American Heart Association staff were joined by local emergency services from Durham, Orange and Wake Counties. These EMS teams encouraged baseball fans to take just 90 seconds to learn Hands-Only CPR. They taught the two steps:

  1. Call 9-1-1.
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song that has 100 to 120 beats per minute.

“Baby Shark” was sung repeatedly as families practiced chest compressions. The song has 115 beats per minute, which makes it a perfect song for performing CPR.

When it began to rain, the American Heart Association and EMS teams moved inside to the stadium concourse, where a rain delay had people looking for things to do.

Over the course of three hours, around 500 individuals knelt on the ground to practice CPR. In addition, people stopped to ask questions about CPR and what to do in an emergency.

CPR Awareness Week is June 1 – June 7. Only 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. Here in the Triangle, the American Heart Association is working to change that.

More than 500 Individuals Learn Hands-Only CPR at a Durham Bulls Game

Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. Learn more at

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