WVUH gift shop carries life-saving teaching doll

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – During the first few critical minutes of a heart attack, paramedics often arrive at a home only to discover that family members have failed to attempt potentially lifesaving CPR, says Joseph Laskowski of the American Heart Association. That’s why the West Virginia University Hospitals Friends’ Gift Shop is stocking CPR Anytime, a teaching kit including an inflatable doll and instruction video.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, means giving mouth-to-mouth respiration while compressing the victim’s chest, allowing blood to circulate to vital organs while advanced medical help is en route.

“It’s the family bystander who will make the difference,” says Laskowski, who is the American Heart Association’s community strategies manager for West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. “About 80 percent of incidents of sudden cardiac arrest occur in people’s homes.”

The kit, called CPR Anytime, consists of an inflatable doll and a video. People can master the skills in 22 minutes or use the dolls to practice, Laskowski says.

“We are trying to get this out to the public so they know it’s available,” says Pat Antion, manager of the Friends Gift Shop at WVUH. The adult doll, which resembles a head-and-torso mannequin, costs $29.99, while the full-body infant model is $34.99.

The auxiliary group Friends of WVUH is supporting the project by purchasing the CPR Anytime kits for sale in the gift shop, Antion says.

For more about CPR Anytime see http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3033740.

For information on the Friends Gift Shop see http://www.health.wvu.edu/hospitals/gift-shop/ or call 304-598-4133.


For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ab: 9-23-08

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