NICU Parents Will Benefit From Donation of Infant CPR Kits
Albany, New York – All parents of newborns are a little anxious when they bring their baby home for the first time. Parents of newborns who’ve had an extended stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit might have that anxiety magnified.
A gift to Albany Medical Center’s NICU from Martin, Harding & Mazzotti is designed to reduce that anxiety.
Martin, Harding & Mazzotti has donated 100 of the American Heart Association’s Infant CPR Anytime Kits to Albany Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The kits will be given to the parents of babies being discharged who will need oxygen at home. The kits contain a 22-minute video that teaches Infant CPR, and a manikin for practicing.
“As a firm, we take the health and safety of our community very seriously,” Paul Harding said. “We also support the American Heart Association’s efforts to train more people in CPR. The babies in the NICU face a host of health issues, and we hope that by having the Infant CPR Anytime kits, their parents can feel confident that they will know how to perform CPR if their baby needs it.”
“We are grateful to Martin, Harding & Mazzotti for donating these kits, and commend them for recognizing this need, although we sincerely hope none of our families will ever need to use them,” said Marlene Ten Eyck, R.N., basic life support instructor from Albany Med’s NICU. “These kits, in addition to the CPR training we provide, will ensure that our families leave our NICU armed with the knowledge of what to do if, heaven forbid, their child suffers sudden cardiac arrest or chokes. We hope this will instill the confidence needed to enable them to respond in a prompt and positive manner.”
Michelle Woodley of Niskayuna, whose son Jon-Paul was born at 25 weeks gestation and has been in Albany Med’s NICU for nearly three months, received infant CPR training from the hospital, but is appreciative of the extra support the kits will provide.
“While the thought of having to perform CPR on your own baby is a difficult one, I am grateful to know that when I finally bring my baby home soon, I will do so with a kit that will provide me even more instruction, as well as a method to educate family members and others who may be in a position to help my son should he ever need CPR,” Woodley said.
About 5,800 children 18 years old and under suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year from all causes – including trauma, cardiovascular causes and sudden infant death syndrome. Only 6 percent survive.
Paramedic Bob Elling, who is also a member of the Capital Region Advisory Board of the American Heart Association, and a clinical instructor at Albany Medical Center, is a constant advocate for CPR instruction.
“When we have calls for sudden cardiac arrest and the person survives, it’s always because someone started CPR,” Elling said. “Learning CPR should be something on every parent’s checklist, just like properly installing car seats and locking kitchen cupboards. Martin, Harding & Mazzotti has added an important tool to parents’ tool chests with this donation.”
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