So, with that thought in mind, don’t you think that the better you are prepared for an emergency, (having practised techniques in class on the CPR Mannequins), the higher the chance of survival of the victim or casualty?

Think about it this way. If you were in a restaurant and you saw a customer choking, would you know what to do?

What if you were looking after a baby for your best friend, and suddenly they started choking. They had been giggling and eating lunch, when suddenly they start choking on a small Grape. Would you know what to do to save their life?

How do you think you might feel if they turned blue and died from choking?

We occasionally have students on our Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) course, who suffer with Automatonophobia.

Naming our Training Dolls helps them to feel comfortable working with the different types of CPR Doll, which is used to help them master the Mouth-to-mouth Resuscitation and Chest Compressions. This empowers them to feel confident in performing CPR on a baby, a child, or an adult, who has stopped breathing.

Interestingly enough, the face of Annie (see picture below) was copied from the ‘Death Masque’ of a woman (from the mid 19th Century), who had apparently drowned in the Seine River in Paris, France, by the Quai du Louvre, to be exact. She allegedly died of a broken heart as she took her own life, because there were no signs of bruising or trauma to her body.

No one could identify her, so a Visage was made from her face out of Plaster of Paris and it was hung in a shop window for years.

It was in the 1950’s, that a worker at the Laerdal Factory (many modelled on Dolls nowadays) produced the Annie-Rescue Doll for people to learn Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation, which we teach today on First Aid courses at One Day Courses.

The big message that the Rescue-Annie teaches us is to ensure that the victim, (who is not breathing), must have his or her head pulled back far enough to gain an airway. Once this has been achieved, the learner must pinch the victim’s nose and then quickly seal their mouth onto the Doll’s mouth, to create a vacuum so that no air escapes. They must then, (very carefully), blow air from their own mouth into the mouth of the Doll, to be able to fill the artificial lungs in the Doll’s chest (See right photo).

Next, the First Aider must take their mouth away from the Doll’s mouth for a moment and repeat the exercise, blowing again, to fill the lungs with air.

Try this exercise at home: get a balloon and blow once inside it, a bit more that normal and then see how much the balloon fills: this is what you are trying to achieve.

Did you know that we breath in (inhale) approximately 21% Oxygen and breath out (exhale) about 16% Oxygen, so the Mouth-to-Mouth is essential in the Resuscitation process?

Combined with Chest Compressions, practiced on the Resuscitation Dolls, this is the process of what is commonly known as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

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I am surprised at how many people show a fear or anxiousness about working with our Practise Dolls, but think of it like this, the Annie Face is the most kissed face in history, so come kiss one soon, because you never know when you might save a life by kissing someone who has stopped breathing!

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