Would you know what to do if an infant in your care suddenly began to choke or suffer cardiac arrest? Some new parents at Rockford Memorial Hospital are now going home with a kit to help them prepare for that situation.
New parents whose infant goes home on an apnea monitor are now given an Infant CPR Anytime Kit. The kit, developed by the American Heart Association, contains everything needed to learn basic infant CPR and relief of choking including a Mini BabyTM personal manikin and an educational DVD. This kit allows parents, family members and friends to learn the basic techniques in the comfort of their own home when its convenient for them. And, it only takes 22 minutes.
Apnea is a pause in breathing for 20 seconds or more. Premature infants are often sent home with a device that monitors their breathing.
The Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary provided funding for the project.
from the May 16-22, 2007, issue