Amid record-high airline travel this summer, the American Heart Association is debuting Hands-Only CPR training kiosks at select international airports across the United States, providing opportunities for travellers to learn how to save lives.
Cleveland Hopkins International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and Orlando International airports now feature training kiosks where the public can learn Hands-Only CPR in about five minutes while they wait for their flights. This brings the total number of airport kiosks, supported by Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem Inc., to seven in the United States.
Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital, and about 20% occur in public places such as airports.
Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest when it occurs in public, and CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. The interactive kiosks are designed to train large numbers of people on this simple, lifesaving technique.
Hands-Only CPR has two steps, performed in this order: when you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911. Then, push hard and fast in the centre of the chest until help arrives. Each kiosk has a touch screen with a short video that provides an overview of Hands-Only CPR, followed by a practice session and a 30-second test. With the help of a practice manikin, or a rubber torso, the kiosk gives feedback about the depth and rate of compressions, as well as proper hand placement – factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR.
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