CHICAGO, Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Visitors to Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center can learn to save a life in just five minutes.
The American Heart Association and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters have launched a new interactive kiosk designed to teach Hands-Only CPR at the convention center. The kiosk provides lifesaving Hands-Only CPR training in just a few minutes.
Every year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital and more than 20 percent occur in public places like convention centers, airports and sporting facilities. Bystander CPR can double or even triple a victim's chance of survival.
Studies show that Hands-Only CPR is equally as effective as conventional mouth-to-mouth CPR, and people are more likely to feel comfortable performing it.
McCormick Place is the largest convention center in North America, attracting nearly three million visitors each year. This hands-only CPR kiosk is the second in Chicago: a kiosk placed at O'Hare International Airport in February has already trained thousands of travelers in CPR.
The kiosk features a touch screen with a video program that provides a brief introduction and overview of Hands-Only CPR, followed by a practice session and a 30-second test session. With the help of a practice manikin, or a rubber torso, the kiosk gives feedback about the depth and rate of compressions and proper hand placement – factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR. The entire training takes about five minutes.
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SOURCE American Heart Association