CPR training kiosk introduced at O’Hare International Airport

24 February 2016 (Last Updated February 24th, 2016 18:30)

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has introduced a new hands-only CPR training kiosk at O'Hare International Airport in Illinois, US.

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The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has installed a new hands-only CPR training kiosk at O'Hare International Airport in Illinois, US.

Unveiled in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA), the latest system has been installed at Terminal 2, positioned close to the Kids on the Fly play area, after crossing the security checkpoint area.

The first CPR training kiosk has been provided by Anthem Foundation.

Passengers travelling through the airport can learn lifesaving skills of hands-only CPR in just five minutes.

The innovative kiosk comes with a specially designed rubber torso or practise manikin that provides feedback to the users on the depth and rate of compressions and proper hand placement.

The training kiosk is outfitted with a touchscreen and a video programme that provides a brief know-how on the technology.

"Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after cardiac arrest can double or even triple survival chances."

Anthem executive vice-president and chief clinical officer Dr Craig Samitt said: "For those who suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, only 10% survive, but effective bystander CPR provided immediately after cardiac arrest can double or even triple these chances.

"That's why for the past four years, we've been working closely with the American Heart Association to help educate people about hands-only CPR and we're excited to launch these new kiosks as an extension of this campaign."

The kiosks will also be installed at Las Vegas' McCarran International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Indianapolis International and Baltimore-Washington International airports.

The training kiosk supports the 114 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available across the airport's facilities and the Chicago HeartSave Program that provides CPR training and instructions on how to use AEDs.

Since the HeartSave programme began in 1999, more than 20,000 employees have been trained and 93 lives have been saved at Chicago's airports.


Image: AHA Hands-Only CPR spokesperson Danielle DeVito (R) helps CDA commissioner Ginger S Evans learn how to use the CPR kiosk at O'Hare. Photo: courtesy of Chicago Department of Aviation.