Yes, it’s that important. Here are the facts:
- Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital, and about 20 percent 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.
Each Anthem Foundation-supported 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.
Travelers also can select Spanish from the kiosk’s main touch screen. The Spanish language capability along with closed captioning in Spanish is available on all Anthem Foundation-supported kiosks at airports.
Hands-Only CPR has two steps:
- When you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse — call 911.
- Then, push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives — ironically the best way to remember is to push to the funky beat of the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive.”
See the video for complete details and next time you are at an airport waiting to board your flight, look around for the Hands-Only CPR training kiosk and get learning.