American Heart Association donates Infant CPR kits for community education

Nashville, TN – In recognition of CPR Week, June 1-7, the American Heart Association donated 250 Infant CPR Anytime Kits to The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial and TriStar Health to empower parents to provide lifesaving intervention in the event of an infant cardiac emergency.

“We hope that this is a skillset that a parent will never have to use, but in the event of an emergency, we want to ensure that moms, dads and even siblings are equipped to perform resuscitation,” said Joann Ettien, chief operating officer at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial.

TriStar Centennial will implement the Infant CPR Anytime toolkit resources into its childbirth education infant CPR course, providing instructor-led demonstrations, accident prevention and safety tips, and hands-on practice for clearing infant airway obstruction and infant CPR.

The kits will also be available to TriStar Health facilities that care for women and children, including TriStar Centennial Women’s Hospital, TriStar Hendersonville, TriStar Horizon, TriStar StoneCrest and TriStar Summit.

The American Heart Association’s Infant CPR Anytime personal learning program makes it possible for anyone to learn how to perform infant CPR. The kit contains everything needed to learn skills in about 20 minutes, and it can be used anywhere.

Infant CPR Anytime includes:

  • Science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Emphasis on CPR with breaths for infants
  • Instructions on choking relief for infants
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) instructions, materials and video that help deliver training to more people
  • Personal, inflatable Mini Baby® CPR manikin
  • CPR skills practice DVD that can be used to refresh skills and train others
  • Skills reminder information card

Each year, over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occur in the United States. Statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Survival depends on immediate CPR and other actions starting with bystanders. For more information about Hands Only CPR and to learn how to save a life in 60 seconds, visit

For more information about the American Heart Association’s Infant CPR Anytime kits, visit here.

Infant Safety and CPR is one a several childbirth education opportunities offered by TriStar Centennial. To register for TriStar Centennial’s childbirth education classes, visit or please call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919.