As a former trainer in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation, I know that to acquire CPR skills one needs some personalised training (Learn how to do basic CPR at a kiosk... in minutes; Sept 30).
While the CPR kiosks are useful to raise awareness and knowledge of the life-saving skill, I reckon that one can reap more cognitive than psychomotor benefits.
Although it has short, written instructions and a video to guide users to perform chest compressions on a mannequin, it can be a daunting task for a layman.
The ability to perform chest compressions correctly and effectively is crucial.
Therefore, the CPR kiosks should be a means of encouraging the public to attend some form of CPR course instead.
Chan Chee Beng