3 U.S. airports now offer CPR training kiosks

Three airports around the U.S. have joined an American Heart Association (AHA) initiative to provide hands-only CPR training kiosks for passengers waiting for flights.

The Cleveland Hopkins International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and Orlando International airports are now equipped with the kiosks, bringing the total number of airports with one in the U.S. up to seven. The initiative is funded by Indianapolis-based insurance company Anthem, according to a statement.

Training only takes about five minutes and could help reduce the number of lives taken by cardiac arrest. Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital with about 20 percent happening in public spaces, according to the AHA.

Each kiosk includes a touch screen with a short video that gives directions on how to perform CPR. It offers a practice sessions and a 30-second test on a practice manikin while giving the user feedback on their technique.

"Our nation's airports have proven to be a great way to extend our educational campaign to train people on the lifesaving skill of hands-only CPR and, help meet the Association's goal to double bystander response by 2020," said Craig Samitt, MD, chief clinical officer at Anthem. "By expanding the availability of the training kiosks, we're hopeful that more people will feel confident to administer hands-only CPR on a stranger or someone they love."