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CPR Kiosk

Iowa Mall has Kiosk that Teaches CPR

A first-in-Iowa high-tech kiosk is opening at a shopping mall in central Iowa today with the goal of teaching people a few simple steps that could help to restart a heart.

Doug Fiore, president of Mercy College of Health Sciences, says the kiosk is emblazoned with the words, “Learn to save a life,” and it teaches the basics of doing hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation — or CPR — in about five minutes. “There’s a screen in front of you that gives you a lesson and right down in front of you, where your hands would rest, it’s a sort of soft pillowy matter,” Fiore says. “It’s designed to simulate chest compressions.”

People who use the kiosk won’t be CPR certified, but they will learn the essentials in what could make them a hero in a life-or-death situation.  “In a very, very short period of time, in just a minute, a person can see how to give hands-only CPR and then try it out on the kiosk,” Fiore says, “and it gives feedback on how you’re doing.”

Every year nationwide, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals, while more than 20-percent occur in public places like airports, casinos and sporting facilities. This device is located in a high-traffic area at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines.

“It’s right near the childs’ play area at the mall so there are a lot of people who spend some time sitting in that area,” Fiore says. “This way there’s an activity you can engage in while you’re there that actually will save lives.” Studies show hands-only CPR is equally as effective as conventional mouth-to-mouth CPR and people are more likely to feel comfortable performing it.

Fiore says the Des Moines-based private college is investing “a few hundred thousand dollars” in the kiosk over the next three years in partnership with the American Heart Association.



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It Took Over an Hour, but Northwest Fire Crew Saved Woman’s Life by Performing CPR

Amanda Burgos is getting a second chance at life thanks to a Northwest Fire crew.

On Dec. 17, Amanda was in the waiting room at an urgent care clinic when she went into cardiac arrest.

An employee there started CPR on the 62-year-old woman before Northwest Fire arrived.

Burgos says she remembers her name being called several times by paramedics, but that’s it.

A whole team from Northwest Fire Stations 34 and 39 performed CPR on Burgos for more than an hour.

Paramedic Matt Storms, Captain Eddie Croy, Paramedic Don Patch, Firefighter Brandon Marchello, Firefighter Chris Underwood and Battalion Chief Dave Resnick were able to meet Burgos in person on Monday. They told KGUN9 it’s not very often they get to be part of this kind of a success story.

“It’s hard to put words to this kind of event,” Storms said.

Burgos wanted to thank the crew in person for their life-saving efforts. She’s been doing physical therapy at Encompass Health Rehabilitation on the northwest side, and will soon be returning home to stay with family.

“I feel so thankful for this opportunity of life,” Burgos told Northwest Fire.

Northwest Fire also wants to emphasize the importance of learning CPR. They say that increases the chances of survival for a person having a medical emergency.

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Hispanic Community

More CPR Training May Be Needed in Hispanic Neighborhoods

Having CPR performed by a bystander can double the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest. But a new study shows that you’re less likely to get help, and therefore less likely to survive, if your heart stops in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood.

The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal     Circulation, found the greater the percentage of Hispanic residents in a neighborhood, the lower the chances of receiving bystander CPR and the lower the chances of survival.

Specifically, it showed people who had a cardiac arrest in neighborhoods where at least half of the residents were Hispanic were 39% less likely to receive bystander CPR than those living in neighborhoods that were less than a quarter Hispanic. In neighborhoods where more than three-fourths of the residents were Hispanic, people in cardiac arrest were 40% less likely to receive bystander CPR – and 44% less likely to survive.

The study analyzed data from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in neighborhoods in Alabama; Dallas; Milwaukee; San Diego; Pittsburgh; Seattle; and Portland, Oregon, from 2011-2015.

“We know that bystander CPR improves your chances for survival,” said Audrey Blewer, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. “But in Hispanic neighborhoods, it’s not happening.”

More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside hospitals each year, with 18.8% of those taking place in public settings. About 9 out of 10 people whose hearts stop outside a hospital die. But nearly 45% would survive if bystander CPR is administered, prior research shows.

Blewer said her study points to the need for greater CPR training in Hispanic communities, as well as a deeper look into why these disparities may exist.

The study didn’t delve into those reasons, but Marina Del Rios has some ideas.

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