Blame it on Mommy-or Daddy-Brain.
Between car pools, soccer games, doctor appointments and making
your own organic baby food (yeah, right!), a few things can get
lost. And when it comes to emergencies, you don't want to forget
those life-saving procedures you learned in your prenatal CPR class
about a million years ago.
Thankfully, help is just an iPhone away.
Skokie-based Transcension Healthcare already produces simulation
software for physicians to brush up on techniques. But it recently
launched an iPhone app specifically for parents and other
According to Dr. Raymond Wu, BabyCPR is for "anybody who's going
to be dealing with infants." He doesn't see it as a replacement for
the CPR class offered at your local hospital, but as a
"The class is great, and (parents) should take it if they can,"
he says. "But after taking the class, they forget the details. This
is a great way to refresh."
The app allows the user to physically try the skills, and
different censors on the iPhone or iPad give feedback ("slow down!"
"too long!" or "great!"). The user can press on the image of a baby
doll or Teddy bear to do chest compressions and blow into the
phone's microphone to administer breaths.
Wu points out that the app is not meant to use during an
emergency, but to familiarize yourself with CPR so that when an
emergency arises, you can get to it.
"When you have an emergency, time is of the essence," he says.
"The better you know your CPR, the better you will be prepared for
an emergency. It's not something you should look up while you have
He says the company is looking to produce a version of the app
for Android, and also hopes to produce child and adult versions at
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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