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BWI debuts CPR training kiosk

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 15:02:12-04

Every year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside the hospital, with over 20 percent occurring in public places like airports or casinos. 

To help lower the fatality rate, the American Heart Association is partnering with Amerigroup, a health insurance agency, to help BWI airport install a CPR training kiosk that will teach life-saving CPR skills in about five minutes.

The kiosk teaches hands-only CPR, which studies have shown is equally as effective as CPR with mouth-to-mouth.

The kiosk has a touch screen with a video that shows a brief how-to, followed by a practice session and a 30-second CPR test.

A practice mannequin allows the kiosk to give feedback about compression depth and rate, and also hand placement, factors that influence how effective CPR is.

Kiosks like the one debuting at BWI are also in place at O'Hare in Chicago, Indianapolis International and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International.

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