Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). It consists of two easy steps:
- Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that).
- Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
When you call 911, you need to stay on the phone until the 911 dispatcher (operator) tells you to hang up. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency. They will also ask for details like your location. It is important to be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed location or address. Remember that answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.
Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosks
In 2013, a pilot kiosk was installed at the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW). The interactive kiosk features a touch screen with a video program that gives a brief “how-to”, followed by a practice session and a 30-second CPR test. 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.
In 2016, the American Heart Association and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., introduced five Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosks that will teach the simple, yet lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR.
As of June 2016, the kiosks are available at the following locations:
- O’Hare International Airport (ORD): Terminal 2 by Gates E1, E2 and E3
- Indianapolis International Airport (IND): Terminal A, Gate 8
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): Concourse A between Gates A11 and A15
- Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio: The kiosk is located in the Atrium on the first floor.
- Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): Gate B7