The Marshall Medical Center North Auxiliary does more than run a gift shop and help visitors find their way through the hospital. They’re also helping improve the chances of infants and toddlers having difficulty breathing.

Volunteers used money from fundraisers to purchase a set of realistic neonatal and infant manikins, which are life-sized, anatomical human models used for teaching.

The manikins are now available for use in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) classes, where nurses and other clinical staff practice inserting a breathing tube in very young patients.

Correct tube placement can be checked with an inflation test so trainees know when they’ve done it correctly.

“The new manikins allow the staff participating in the PALS class to practice basic and advanced airway management skills,” said Lisa Bearden, director of education at Marshall North. “I am so grateful for the generosity of the Auxiliary for making this purchase possible.”

Bearden approached Auxiliary members when her equipment began showing wear and tear from aging. The group of volunteers voted unanimously to spend nearly $1,400 to replace the manikins.

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