Albany Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Wednesday accepted a donation of 100 CPR training kits.
The American Heart Association’s Infant CPR Anytime kits are intended to show the parents of newborns leaving the unit how to properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation to their sometimes fragile babies. The kits were a gift from the law firm of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti.
“As a firm, we take the health and safety of our community very seriously,” Paul Harding, managing partner for the firm, said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”
The hospital will be giving the kits to the parents of babies being discharged that will need oxygen at home. The kits contain a 22-minute video that teaches infant CPR and a lifelike mannequin for practicing.
“We are grateful to Martin, Harding, and Mazzotti for donating these kits, and commend them for recognizing this need, although we sincerely hope none of families will ever need to use them,” Marlene Ten Eyck, a registered nurse and basic life support instructor in the unit, said in a statement.
The donation was made official Wednesday morning in the hospital’s Ronald McDonald Family Room Atrium by Rosemarie Liddell Bogdan, a partner at the firm.
“Learning CPR should be something on every parent’s checklist, just like properly installing car seats and locking kitchen cupboards,” said paramedic Bill Elling, a member of the Capital Region Advisory Board of the American Heart Association and a clinical instructor at Albany Medical Center. “Martin, Harding & Mazzotti has added an important tool to parents’ tool chests with this donation.”