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December 5, 2011 - USA Children's & Women's Hospital Receives Infant CPR Kits - Archived
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Lanetta Dowell, NICU parent educator, demonstrates one of the Infant CPR kits presented to USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Back row from left are, Owen Bailey, hospital administrator; Christina Quick, American Heart Association; Ricky Mathews, Press-Register publisher; and Chuck Harmon, Wells Fargo.

Families of some newborn babies at the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital will be going home with more than just a bundle of joy. They will also leave with something that could save their baby’s life.

Children’s & Women’s will now give Infant CPR training kits to families of at-risk newborns from the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. The CPR kits were provided by the American Heart Association with support from Wells Fargo.

“Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a skill all parents should know, but especially parents who have babies in our NICU,” Lanetta Dowell, RN, parent educator in the USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital NICU, said. “These CPR kits will help reinforce the classes that we teach to the parents of our highest risk babies.”

Around 1,000 babies are admitted annually to the Children’s & Women’s NICU (pronounced NICK-you) and the hospital teaches more than 100 Infant CPR classes to around 700 parents of at-risk newborns. The training kits will allow parents and caregivers to practice CPR techniques in the event their baby stops breathing.

“It’s vital that parents know CPR, and now parents will also be able to teach CPR techniques to their family, friends and caregivers,” Owen Bailey, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital administrator, said. “We appreciate the support of the American Heart Association and Wells Fargo. There can be no greater gift than one that can help save a life.”

Each kit comes with a Mini Baby CPR Learning Manikin, which can be inflated to practice CPR. In addition, the kit includes an instructional DVD, reminder cards, directions and cleansing wipes.

“The American Heart Association is so grateful for Wells Fargo’s support of the AHA’s CPR Anytime Program,” Christina Quick, Alabama Gulf Coast regional director for the American Heart Association, said. “The Infant CPR Kits were developed to increase Infant CPR knowledge among the public, especially new mothers. For every kit, an estimated 2.5 people are trained – thus, saving more lives and increasing awareness of life-saving skills.”

“Wells Fargo is proud to partner with the American Heart Association to bring life-saving training to new mothers in Mobile,” Chuck Harmon, Wells Fargo Business Banking area manager, said. “We hope to continue to grow upon this success of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital’s care of infants and new mothers for years to come.”

USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is among fewer than ten freestanding hospitals in the country dedicated specifically to the health care needs of children and women, offering Mobile’s only neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, pediatric oncology and sickle cell outpatient center and high-risk obstetrical care. With more than 2,800 births annually, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is the area’s leader in deliveries. For more information about USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, please visit www.usahealthsystem.com/usacwh or call (251) 415-1000.

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke, America’s number one and three killers, by teaming with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. To learn more or to get involved, call 800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any AHA office.

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