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Carnegie Science Center adding hands-only CPR training kiosk

Mary Pickels
| Thursday, June 1, 2017, 12:18 p.m.

A Hampton man whose life was saved by hands-only CPR will speak at 9:30 a.m. June 6 at Carnegie Science Center's Highmark SportsWorks building, where a kiosk teaching the method will be unveiled.

Sean Ferguson, 25, was struck by lightning on April 8, 2015, in Dayton, Ohio, and went into cardiac arrest. A fellow University of Dayton student, who had learned the CPR technique from a similar kiosk days earlier during a layover at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, helped Ferguson.

Developed by the American Heart Association, the kiosk is designed to teach the public how to perform the hands-only compressions.

Operated by the association, and with the support of FedEx Ground, training takes about five minutes. The American Heart Association recommends hands-only CPR by pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute.

According to Carnegie Science Center officials, the kiosk at 1 Allegheny Ave. on Pittsburgh's North Side is the first to be installed in a museum and one of just six in the country.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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