St. Francis Medical Center and the American Heart Association Partner to Provide Parents with Infant CPR Anytime Course
July 02, 2020 | St. Francis News
St. Francis Medical Center is proud to partner with the American Heart Association (AHA) and provide parents of newborns who are receiving specialized care in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with the AHA’s Infant CPR Anytime Course. The course is a personal learning program conveniently packaged in a kit that teaches core skills of infant CPR and choking relief. It is an easy and effective training tool for new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and other infant caregivers. The kit contains content and materials co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics, including bilingual (English and Spanish) instructions, materials, and a video on infant CPR with rescue breaths and choking relief for infants. There is an inflatable Mini Baby® CPR manikin that can be used in conjunction with a CPR skills practice DVD and a skills instruction/refresher card that parents can carry with them.
Through funding from a generous donor, the AHA was able to donate 200 kits to the hospital’s NICU. Madga C. was among the first to receive the AHA Infant CPR Anytime Course. She was happy to receive the kit, especially as she prepared to take her newborn baby boy home. She said, “I’ve already read through the course material and practiced the some of the skills. It is easy to understand and follow. Even my older son can do this.”
Kelle Falbo, BSN, RN-NIC, clinical supervisor for NICU/Newborn Nursery, Pediatrics, Hearing Screen Program, High Risk Infant Clinic, helped to coordinate the donation and feels this is a very worthwhile program that will benefit many families. She said, “Infant CPR is something every new parent and caregiver should learn, and the infant CPR kit makes learning accessible to everyone at home. It could save your baby’s life.”