You usually think of CPR when you hear of an adult with heart problems, but even very young patients can be saved with the technique.
Today, Union Hospital announced all families that deliver at Union will receive an infant CPR kit. The hospital is partnering with the American Heart Association to provide the kits.
“We know that in an instant, an event could happen that would require the initiation of CPR,” said Jennifer Harrah, NICU and Pediatric Unit Manager.
The kits include a DVD, an emergency card for quick reference, and a blow-up mannequin for practice. One good thing about the kit, it can be used by all caregivers, including parents, grandparents, older siblings and babysitters.
“These parents will be prepared when they go home, when under 30 minutes they can learn infant CPR and choking relief,” said Cindie de Wolf with the American Heart Association.
Union has 2,000 kits to give out, which should be enough for an entire year of deliveries at the hospital.