Woman’s Hospital gets infant CPR kits funding _lowres

Photo provided by Dana C. Michell -- Woman’s Hospital has received more than $50,000 in infant CPR kits such as these for Newborn and Infant Intensive Care Unit families.

Woman’s Hospital’s Newborn and Infant Intensive Care Unit is sending infant CPR training kits home with families, thanks to funding from the American Heart Association.

The association funded 1,300 kits, valued at more than $50,000, for the hospital, a news release said.

“On behalf of the families we serve, Woman’s Hospital is grateful to the American Heart Association for this lifesaving donation,” said Stephanie Anderson, Woman’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Combined with the education that NICU parents receive while in our care, these kits will save lives in our community.”

The kits are valuable because infants in need of intensive care often have conditions that increase the risk of cardiorespiratory arrest, the release said. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the chances of survival decrease by 7 percent to 10 percent.