Steven Munatones experienced a heart attack on May 12. His son, Skyler, saw him unconscious on the bathroom floor and started performing CPR until emergency personnel could arrive. His father's life was genuinely spared by him.
More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur every year outside of hospitals, with roughly 20% happening in open spaces like airports.
According to American Heart Association studies, hands-only CPR can be equally as effective as traditional CPR for cardiac arrests that happen in public and can increase the victim's chance of survival by two to three times.
At John Wayne Airport, the Orange County/Inland Empire Division installed the first interactive hands-only CPR instruction kiosk on the West Coast, giving passengers the chance to learn the life-saving technique of hands-only CPR in roughly five minutes while they wait for their flights.
Each kiosk features a touch screen with a brief description of Hands-Only CPR, a practice session, and a 30-second test.
The kiosk provides feedback about the depth and rate of compressions as well as proper hand placement—factors that affect the efficacy of CPR—with the use of a practice manikin, or a rubber torso.
The availability of the training kiosks can help people feel competent to do Hands-Only CPR on a stranger or someone they care about, especially with summer air travel anticipated to begin now that Southern California and other states are reopening after the pandemic.
The airport kiosks have been shown to be an essential method for teaching CPR to people, increasing the likelihood that they will intervene if they come across a victim of cardiac arrest outside of the hospital.