Cincinnati Museum Center home of new hands-only CPR kiosk

This high-tech tool can teach you CPR
Posted at 5:08 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 19:35:53-04

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Museum is making it easier than ever to learn CPR.

The Cincinnati Museum in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the American Heart Association unveiled a new kiosk that teaches hands-only CPR.

A video at the kiosk instructs the user through hand positioning and compressions as they practice on a manikin. The user is also given feedback that tells them whether they are performing the procedure correctly.

"Having it in this place will have a tremendous impact of moving forward to our goal of preventing heart-related deaths," Dr. DP Suresh, Cincinnati American Heart Association Board president, said.

Museum officials hope that their many visitors will take a few minutes to learn how to save a life.

"Cincinnati Museum Center is striving to create life-long learners, and with this tool, we will create life-saving learners along the way," Elizabeth Pierce, president of the Museum Center, said.

Every year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of the hospital. Twenty percent of those are in public spaces.

According to Denise Maier, a CPR instructor at the American Heart Association, fewer than 5 percent of people who enter cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive.

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Peter Kelly, a survivor of cardiac arrest, was happy that someone knew what to do when his heart began to fail.

"They saw me collapse," Kelly said. "They had the quick call to action and began CPR right away."

The Cincinnati Museum Center is one of just 10 places in the U.S. that have the kiosk. The cost of the kiosk was covered by the BFF Fund of Greater Cincinnati.