ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - So, you're sitting at Orlando International Airport, hours before your flight. You could read a book, play with your phone, or get something to eat. Or soon, you could learn how to save lives.
The airport will soon be getting a Hands-Only CPR training kiosk. The American Heart Association (AHA) is bringing them to more airports across the country - including Orlando’s.
“Passerby, within two or three minutes, will be able to learn hands-only CPR,” said Lt. Lindsey Ferrell, with GOAA Fire Rescue.
The AHA says without help, a heart attack will be deadly ninety percent of the time. But they say someone giving CPR to a heart attack victim can turn that around.
“If this very simple, basic skill is performed, you double or triple a cardiac arrest victim's chances of survival,” said Lt. Ferrell.
First, you watch the lesson on the kiosk’s screen, then practice the technique on a rubber mannequin.
It will be set up near the airport's food court, where travelers say learning how to keep someone alive is a great way to kill some time.
“I think it's an awesome idea,” Ryan Wyckoff, “because it passes the time and you learn something cool.”
“A lot of times people don't have access to learning CPR, it's not very convenient,” Brandi Sharpe agreed, “so I think bringing CPR to the people is a great, great, idea.”
The AHA said the machine is paid for with grant money. It's set to be installed at the airport Wednesday, August 9.