New parents to receive infant CPR kits

New parents to receive infant CPR kits

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Memorial Hospital will now distribute infant CPR kits, so that parents of NICU babies will feel a little more at ease when they get home.

The local branch of the American Heart Association donated 300 CPR kits to Memorial Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

The kits include a life-like mannequin and DVD for parents to practice, and to show caregivers how to administer infant CPR.

NICU babies are considered to be at a higher risk for cardiovascular episodes.

"We want to teach them everything we can before we leave here, but they have to learn so much and having a kit to take home with them will help them be able to reinforce what they've learned," said Amy Haulsee, the director of Women's and Children's Services.

The 300 kits should last for about one year, and cost about $11,500.

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