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Health Beat: Learn to save a life in 5 minutes

Health Beat: Learn to save a life in 5 minutes

ORLANDO, Fla. - Less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital survive. Marivaldo Soares beat those chilling odds.

"The last words I said was 'wow,' and then I immediately fell on the table,"Soares recalled.

Soares is lucky to be alive. Three of his colleagues knew how to perform CPR until the paramedics arrived and took over.

"CPR really saved my life. It's amazing," continued Soares.

CPR can double or even triple a victims chance of survival, yet less than 32 percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander. Breathing into a stranger's mouth may be the problem. Now, the American Heart Association supports simple, hands-only CPR.

"Hands-only CPR is just as effective as traditional CPR, and it's a little bit faster to learn and it's easier to retain," said Lasonia Landry, executive director, American Heart Association for Greater Orlando.

Training kiosks are being placed in crowd-heavy areas like convention centers and airports.

"It takes about five minutes from watching the video, practicing the compressions, and taking the test," Landry continued.

That's faster than waiting for an ambulance in an emergency. The average wait-time for EMS can be eight to 14 minutes. CPR in that time is the difference between life and death for thousands.

The kiosk breaks it down into three components: instruction, practice, and the final testing phase.

"If we can show and we can teach more people hands on CPR, then we are creating a whole new generation of life-savers," Landry stated.

And, saving the lives of our loved ones, as four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.

A new survey from the Cleveland Clinic found slightly half of Americans said they know CPR, but only one in six knows the recommended technique consists of just chest compressions. Almost every state has good Samaritan laws that protect a bystander who tries to help.

Currently, the training kiosks can be found at several locations, including international airports in Dallas, Harrisburg, Chicago O'Hare, Indianapolis, Dayton, and Orlando.

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