The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, recently donated 60 Infant CPR Anytime training kits to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Women and Babies Hospital. The donation was made possible with support from Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster, as part of their sponsorship of the Lancaster Heart Ball.
“The amount of information that new parents have to learn can be overwhelming, so the American Heart Association created Infant CPR Anytime training kits that parents can take home to learn on their own,” said Kristen Masengarb, executive director for the American Heart Association in Lancaster County. “The kits can be used over and over again to train other family members, babysitters, neighbors or anyone that wants to learn this important lifesaving skill.”
“OAL has a long-standing commitment and is highly connected to the communities we call home,” said Bill Weik, CEO of Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster. “New parents taking babies home with medical conditions need support to make that transition as smooth as possible. Being able to supply the CPR training kits to parents not only teaches them a life-saving skill but gives them peace of mind. OAL is proud to support the American Heart Association and its organization’s benefits to so many in need in their work both nationally and internationally.“
CPR – or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest. If someone is called on to give CPR in an emergency, they will most likely be trying to save the life of someone they love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
The Infant CPR Anytime kits provide an all-in-one, self-directed learning program with everything needed to complete high-quality training anywhere. Skills are taught with the American Heart Association’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows you to practice on a manikin while observing a demonstration of the skills in the video. Each kit contains both English and Spanish language instructions that cover infant CPR, relief of infant choking and calling for help.
The American Heart Association trains more than 23 million people globally every year by educating healthcare providers, caregivers, and the general public on how to respond to cardiac arrest and first aid emergencies. To learn more about CPR training, visit heart.org/cpr.
Communications Director for the American Heart Association in Central Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, York, State College, Altoona and Johnstown.