When was the last time you practiced saving a chocking child? Hours? Days? Weeks?!? Well, surely you make your babysitters rehearse their CPR skills on a plastic dummy, right? Either way, you should probably buy a CPR Teddy to hone your life saving talents.
CPR Teddy is a very special kind of teddy bear. Although he looks like a typical huggable, cuddly teddy bear, he has a very important job. Squeeze one of Teddy’s paws and voice prompts walk you through the correct procedures for Choking Rescue and Infant or Child CPR. You practice chest compressions by pressing on the bright red heart on Teddy’s chest as a metronome paces you. Teddy’s bowtie lights up green or red to tell you if you are doing the compressions correctly and his chest rises as you perform the rescue breathing.
So often, people will take a CPR class then, afterwards, they will find that they can’t remember the procedures. This leads to a lack of confidence and possible hesitation and delays that could have a devastating effect in a breathing emergency. According to Paternostro, “The whole purpose of CPR Teddy is to make it easy and fun to practice vital CPR and Choking Rescue steps and build the confidence to deal with an emergency. CPR Teddy is not a replacement for taking a CPR class. We strongly recommend that everyone take a CPR class from a certified instructor and keep current by taking annual renewal classes.”
* Squeeze the left paw to practice child (1-8 years) choking rescue and CPR skills
* Squeeze the right paw to practice infant (birth to 1 year) choking rescue and CPR skills
* For both infant and child, a voice quickly reviews what to do if the infant or child is choking and then what to do if the infant or child loses consciousness. Following this quick review, the voice prompts the user through a one-minute practice session of his or her CPR skills.
* To practice rescue breathing, slip the breathing mask over the bear’s nose. Open the pocket in the bear’s chest, and insert the air bag into the pocket. When prompted to give a breath, blow on the breathing mask enough to see the bear’s chest rise.
* A metronome beeps in the background to set the pace for chest compressions
* A voice prompts you to “Press 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 . . . 30. Give breath.” for five cycles or about 2 minutes.
* As you press the red heart on the bear’s chest (which on an infant or child would be located between the nipples), a green light in the bowtie indicates that you are pressing the correct depth. A red light means you are pressing too hard.
* After about 2 minutes of practice, the voice will prompt you to call 911 and continue CPR.