Kit provides CPR training at home

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October 21, 2005|By MARY BETH REGAN

Here is one health training product that you'll want in your medicine cabinet.

The American Heart Association has released a home training kit, with a manikin and training DVD, to teach your family the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation -- CPR.

CPR Anytime comes with a blow-up mini-manikin named Anne that lets you practice critical chest compressions and rescue breathing at home. You follow a 22-minute DVD to learn, step-by-step, how to resuscitate adults and children. The kit costs $29.95 at cpranytime.org, or call 877-242-4277.

The manikin can be washed and reused so that the entire family can learn the procedure. That's critical, because the heart association says 75 percent to 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrest occurs at home. In the U.S., the survival rate is only 5 percent, in part because so few people know how to correctly administer CPR.

Bottom Line: This lifesaving training kit is worth every penny. Consider it an excellent investment for your family.

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