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Ducey allots $400K to provide newborn ICUs with CPR training kits

Nov 21, 2021, 7:00 AM

Neonatal Nurse Kirsty Hartley cares for premature baby Theo Anderson in the Neonatal Intensive Care...

Neonatal Nurse Kirsty Hartley cares for premature baby Theo Anderson in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre at Burnley General Hospital in East Lancashire during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Photo by Hannah McKay/PA Images via Getty Images)

(Photo by Hannah McKay/PA Images via Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday has made $400,000 in federal funding available to provide local newborn intensive care units with CPR training kits.

The funds will go to the American Heart Association, which will collaborate with neonatal intensive care units in Maricopa County hospitals in an effort to reach at least 5,000 families per year with Infant CPR Anytime Kits, according to a press release.

The kits — funded through the American Rescue Plan Act — are expected to have the resources needed to teach parents CPR and infant choking relief in approximately 20 minutes and will be used by NICUs to teach the skills to new parents.

“Arizona is committed to protecting our residents at every stage of their life, and especially at their most vulnerable ages,” Ducey said in the release.

“These CPR kits will be crucial in helping train new parents to care for their child in an emergency until emergency medical services arrive.”

In Maricopa County, there are over 4,800 premature births each year, while one out of every 10 babies are born premature and sent to the NICU, according to the release.

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Ducey allots $400K to provide newborn ICUs with CPR training kits