The next time you travel by plane be sure to look for the American Heart Association CPR training kiosks which are now in several airports throughout the country. The training kiosks are currently available at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport O’Hare International Airport in Chicago; Indianapolis International Airport; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; and Baltimore-Washington and training kiosks will open at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on August 1, and at the Orlando International Airport on August 9.
The training kiosks instruct users to call 911 if they see someone collapse and then push quickly on the center of the person's chest until assistance arrives. The kiosks also allow users to practice CPR on a rubber manikin and participant in a 30 second test. It then gives the user feedback on proper hand placement and the correct depth and rate of chest compression. The entire quick training takes approximately 5 minutes.
So, the next time your in the airport and see an AHA training kiosk, take a moment to brush up on your skills and even show your business colleague or friend or family member the very basics of effective CPR.
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.