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Resusci Anne - the indispendable CPR training manikin

Chest compressions and rescue breaths performed together are called Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). CPR is an important part in the chain of survival for an unconscious casualty who is not breathing. The quality of CPR is dependant on the correct rate and depth of chest compressions.

The best preparation for effective and high quality CPR is good training and practice on training models. If there's one piece of kit that's indispensable for CPR training, it's the Resusci Anne training manikin. 

What (or who) is Resusci Anne?

Resusci Anne is a training manikin specifically designed to help teach CPR, having been developed by Asmund Laerdal in 1960. She is a life-sized, realistic training tool that helps students better understand the processes involved in resuscitation. The model accurately simulates the respiratory system and all external body landmarks for effective training. This lifelike model offers the chance for trainees to practice their skills in as close to a real-life situation as possible.

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Her role in CPR training

In CPR training students approach the Resusci Anne manikin and, on receiving no response, proceed to administer CPR. They might not be performing CPR on a real life person but Resusci Anne CPR manikin is the next best thing, meaning should they ever need to perform CPR in the future they'll be equipped with the skills and confidence to do so.

The need for effective CPR training

There's a growing need for effective CPR training. According to research conducted by the British Heart Foundation, fewer than 1 in 5 who suffer a survivable cardiac arrest are given potentially life-saving CPR by those around them. On average emergency services take eight minutes to reach an incident, however for the best chance of survival emergency CPR and defibrillation should begin within 4 minutes. That's why St John Ambulance encourages more people to learn CPR and first aid with our range of first aid training courses, so they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

Additionally we have created a free first aid app which provides advice on major and minor emergencies.

St John Ambulance Supplies

If you're looking for the tools that can ensure you're able to offer effective CPR training, you're in the right place. We've got a full range of Resusci Anne manikin training products and consumables online, as well as first aid kits, portable defibrillators and fingertip pulse oximeters. At St John Ambulance Supplies we give you the tools you need to not only train, but to ensure you've got the necessary equipment should an emergency arise.

All our products are available to order online, or you can call 0844 770 4808 to talk to one of our advisers and place an order over the phone.


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