Philadelphia Opens Hands-Only CPR Teaching Kiosk


It’s going to be easier than ever to learn CPR in the City of Brotherly Love.

6abc reports on the great new addition of a kiosk that teaches visitors the basics of hands-only CPR. Joining several other cities around the country, Philadelphia’s own kiosk has been installed near Independence Hall in the Independence Visitor Center.

Backed by the American Heart Association, the kiosk offers a free two minute demonstration on how to perform CPR using only the hands. The video can be played as many times as desire, ensuring anyone who watches will be prepared in the event of an emergency.

The earlier CPR is started in the event of cardiac arrest, the more likely a person’s chance for survival will be. This kiosk and others like it hope to inform the public on the proper steps to take when someone is in trouble, including making a call to emergency services before beginning.

Based on a study conducted in Denmark, these kinds of kiosks seem like they will have a definite impact on public health. In this study, bystanders performing CPR during emergencies was shown to dramatically increase the likelihood for survival of those injured, but also decrease the likelihood for brain injury or disability as a result of a heart attack. Hopefully, the information provided by these kiosks will show the same effects in the United States.

The AHA’s Doctor Mather had this to say about the kiosks: “Just being familiar, touching it, feeling, knowing what pushing down means. Knowing what to do – calling 911 first before you start. And then trying to help someone – it works.”

The organization hopes to attract visitors of all walks of life with the kiosk, including tourists from other countries. The end goal is to raise public awareness worldwide of heart issues and prepare bystanders to take emergency live saving actions in times of crisis. Additionally, the AHA intends to try and find sponsors with the intent of placing even more of the kiosks around the city, amplifying the message and information even more people.