ATL unveils interactive CPR kiosk

Filed in News by on April 4, 2016

When it comes to dealing with cardiac arrests, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has a variety of life-saving tools, from mobile medical response teams to automated external defibrillators to CPR-trained employees.

On Thursday, officials added a new tool to ATL’s medical arsenal.

Before more than 50 guests near Gate A11, officials unveiled a kiosk designed to teach hands-only CPR not just to Airport personnel, but passengers as well.

“We have taken [medical care] a step further,” said Scott Blackwell, Airport EMS chief with Atlanta Fire Rescue. “Not only are we teaching the workers of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but now we’re teaching the passengers and the citizens.”

The interactive kiosk is operated by the American Heart Association with the support of Delta Air Lines, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation and Amerigroup Foundation.

The kiosk has a touch screen with a video that gives a brief “how-to” tutorial, followed by a nearly 2-minute practice session with a mannequin. Once users complete the CPR exercise – to the beat of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” – the kiosk offers feedback on the depth and rate of compressions as well as proper hand placement. These factors influence the effectiveness of CPR.

During Thursday’s event, officials demonstrated the proper technique to perform compressions.

“The live demonstration made you think, ‘I can do that,’ or at least I can go practice and then have the confidence to help someone,” said Chermaine Axam-Wilkins, assistant manager of community affairs. “This machine helps remove the fear of helping someone in such a critical medical state.”

The interactive kiosk will not only benefit Airport stakeholders who lack CPR skills, but also will serve as a refresher for those who have undergone formal training.

ATL will be one of seven facilities across the nation that will host the hands-only CPR kiosk.

An Atlanta Fire Rescue official demonstrates the proper technique to perform compressions during Thursday's unveiling of ATL's new hands-only CPR kiosk on Concourse A. Photo by Melissa Bugg with Decisive Moment Events

An Atlanta Fire Rescue official demonstrates the proper technique to perform compressions during Thursday’s unveiling of ATL’s new hands-only CPR kiosk on Concourse A. Photo by Melissa Bugg with Decisive Moment Events

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