Museum teaches lifesaving skill

July 6, 2017 by  

A kiosk that teaches cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly called CPR, was recently unveiled at the Cincinnati Museum Center, according to an article on Cincinnati.com.

The kiosk was provided by the American Heart Association, and is a “hands-only” device. It features a touchscreen that loads a short video showing how to perform CPR. It then leads visitors through a practice session followed by a test that lasts for 30 seconds.

The CPR is performed on a rubber mannequin, which enables the kiosk to give the person feedback about their hand placement, rate, and depth of the compressions. The entire simulation takes approximately five minutes.

According to St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s medical director, Dr. D.P. Suresh, cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, but having someone nearby who knows CPR can double or triple the chances of survival for the victim.

Suresh, who is also president of the local division of the American Heart Association, said it is for this reason that the new kiosk at the museum is so important. It will only take a few minutes for people to learn a method that could save the life of a cardiac arrest victim.

Installations like this can benefit if officials work with brochure printers to create booklets about the device, then distribute them at the site and elsewhere.

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