Three airports around the U.S. have joined an American Heart Association (AHA) initiative to provide hands-only CPR training kiosks for passengers waiting for flights.
The Cleveland Hopkins International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and Orlando International airports are now equipped with the kiosks, bringing the total number of airports with one in the U.S. up to seven. The initiative is funded by Indianapolis-based insurance company Anthem, according to a statement.
Training only takes about five minutes and could help reduce the number of lives taken by cardiac arrest. Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital with about 20 percent happening in public spaces, according to the AHA.
Each kiosk includes a touch screen with a short video that gives directions on how to perform CPR. It offers a practice sessions and a 30-second test on a practice manikin while giving the user feedback on their technique.
“Our nation’s airports have proven to be a great way to extend our educational campaign to train people on the lifesaving skill of hands-only CPR and, help meet the Association’s goal to double bystander response by 2020,” said Craig Samitt, MD, chief clinical officer at Anthem. “By expanding the availability of the training kiosks, we’re hopeful that more people will feel confident to administer hands-only CPR on a stranger or someone they love.”
The first minutes after an accident are critical and essential to provide the right care to prevent escalation. Speeding up emergency response can prevent deaths and accelerate recovery dramatically. This is notably true for heart failure, drowning, traumas and respiratory issues. Lifesaving technologies such as an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), medication, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) aids can be designed compact enough to be carried by a drone.
In 2007, the AHA in coalition with the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council worked collaboratively to federally designate a National CPR and AED Awareness Week. On December 13, 2007, Congress unanimously passed a resolution to set aside June 1-7 each year as National CPR and AED Awareness Week.
This week spotlights how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator ). In the declaration, Congress asked states and municipalities to make AEDs more publicly accessible. You can now find an AED in most public places. Movie theaters, malls, grocery stores, and even street intersections you could find an AED.
By following two simple steps, you could save a life. Call 911 and push hard in the center of chest to the beat of the classic song “stayin alive” is all that you need to do. Hands-only CPR can double the chance of survival. Check out this video for a demonstration:
If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival, and “Stayin’ Alive” has the right beat for Hands–Only CPR.