Automated CPR kiosk teaches life-saving during layovers at D/FW Airport
From: Dallas News
A new kiosk unveiled today at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport teaches travelers how to perform CPR using only hand compressions.
The automated station, featuring a rubber torso and a computer screen, measures the depth, compression rate and hand placement necessary to properly give someone CPR using only your hands.
The kiosk, the first of its kind, also has a speaker that pumps out the disco classic “Stayin’ Alive” to help users time their compressions.
“‘Stayin’ Alive’ is not just a disco song; it also really can help people save lives,” said Merrilee Sweet, national director for community markets for the American Heart Association. “The beats per minute … actually helps people remember the proper rate to do compressions.”
That knowledge can help anyone, but the kiosk is unique because it gauges how well users perform CPR, shows them their score and provides feedback on how to improve.The kiosk was developed by the American Heart Institute, in conjunction with the Dallas Center for Resuscitation Research, and will remain at D/FW’s Terminal C, Gate 7, for six months.
During that time, the development team will research how it affects rates of bystander CPR in Dallas. Only 30 percent of victims in Dallas receive CPR from a bystander, compared with 80 percent in Seattle.
One of those quick-thinking bystanders came to the aid of Corey Blow, who at 25 got a shooting pain through his left arm before his heart stopped. A coworker called 911 and performed CPR for 10 minutes until help arrived.
“CPR is near and dear to me because CPR saved my life,” said the 33-year-old son of Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow. “If just one or two people stop by to learn CPR from this [kiosk], it’s going to save lives.”