Blue Envelope donates 100 infant CPR kits for parents of at-risk babies

By Kristy Bleizeffer Aug 31, 2015

Staff from the Ruth R. Ellbogen Mother, Baby and Family Center hold an infant CPR kit purchased with a donation from the Blue Envelope Health Fund. Staff members are, from left, Kristie Watson, OB tech; Haylee Herrera, OB tech; Cheryl Graff, clinical coordinator of Women’s Services; and Samantha Myers, registered nurse.

Staff from the Ruth R. Ellbogen Mother, Baby and Family Center hold an infant CPR kit purchased with a donation from the Blue Envelope Health Fund. Staff members are, from left, Kristie Watson, OB tech; Haylee Herrera, OB tech; Cheryl Graff, clinical coordinator of Women’s Services; and Samantha Myers, registered nurse.

Wyoming Medical Center would like to thank the Blue Envelope Health Fund for its generous support of our smallest and most vulnerable babies.

Blue Envelope donated $3,850 toward the purchase of 100 Infant CPR Anytime Kits used to teach lifesaving skills to the parents of premature babies – those born prior to 37 weeks gestation.

“Part of my responsibility as clinical coordinator for the Family, Mother and Baby Center at Wyoming Medical Center is to ensure that parents of our smallest babies are prepared to take them home,” said Cheryl Graff, clinical coordinator of Women’s Services. “Being comfortable with infant CPR is a major component of that.

“Our parents are ecstatic to receive these kits, and we are very grateful to Blue Envelope for their support of our hospital and our community.”

The kits are used in many hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Units around the country. They allow parents to learn and practice CPR skills while their babies are still in the hospital. Parents then take the kits home so the resources are always available after their babies are discharged. Kits include a mini baby CPR training manikin, a spare practice lung, bilingual directions and instructional DVD, a bilingual infant CPR Anytime Reminder card and manikin wipes.

“We realize this option does not certify parents in CPR, but we feel it is a great alternative because many parents are unable to attend a certification class,” Graff said. "We appreciate Blue Envelope's generosity. This donation not only supports Wyoming Medical Center, but also our families in Natrona County."

 

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