'Hands Only CPR' Comes to the Witte Museum

A trip to the Witte Museum now will not only result in an education on Texas natural and social history, it can also teach you to save a life, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The American Heart Association today installed the first 'Hands Only CPS kiosk in San Antonio, which will allow visitors to the Witte to learn how to perform CPS in five minutes.

"Every day somebody is going to walk out, if not dozens and dozens of people, young people to older people, will walk out of this H-E-B Body Adventure knowing how to save a life," Witte CEO Marise McDermott said.

The kiosk is sponsored by Methodist Healthcare Ministries, and can be accessed by visitors to the H-E-B Body Adventure center on the Witte grounds.

The interactive touch screen kiosk features a brief “how-to” video, followed by a practice session and a 30-second CPR test. Visitors will be able to practice on a rubber torso of a manikin, giving the feel of a human body. The experience gives feedback about the depth and rate of compressions and proper hand placement - factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR.

Hands Only CPR kiosks have appeared in airports and other public places. Hands Only CPR, which was developed in the past few years, has become popular because many people are repelled at the idea of having to perform mouth to mouth resuscitation, which requires them to put their mouth on a stranger's mouth. This system teaches people how to perform CPS using only their hands.

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