Infant CPR – are we really as good as we think?

Brayden Baby Advanced

Brayden Baby is the first infant CPR manikin with real-time visual feedback using intuitive lights for good quality ventilations and chest compressions.

CPR for an infant differs from CPR performed on an older child or adult. Due to a small mouth and airway, a small body with a relatively large tongue and occiput, delicate lungs and more fragile but flexible ribs compared to an adult, resuscitating an infant requires more nuanced CPR skills. Brayden Baby has been designed to teach these skills.

Lighting the way to Quality CPR​

The Brayden Baby is a very useful manikin for teaching good quality infant CPR according to current Guidelines. It has evidently been designed with help from experts! The lights on the manikin give excellent intuitive real-time feedback to help guide the student to perform correct ventilation technique and good quality chest compressions – essential in real life to help optimise survival. The Brayden Baby manikin, in my opinion, is unique in its ability to do this.

Prof. Patrick Van de Voorde

Paediatrician and Clinical Head of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital Ghent, Belgium

Infant Ventilation

Ventilating an infant correctly involves the correct airway position (neutral) and the appropriate delivered ventilation volume. The Brayden Baby CPR manikin provides real-time feedback of performance to ensure good quality ventilation.

Ventilation volumes for infants

The appropriate ventilation volume for an infant of similar size to the Brayden Baby CPR training manikin is 30ml to 50ml. Ventilation indication Lights on the Brayden Baby indicate the volume of air being delivered and if it is being delivered with excessive force.

Correct head and airway position

The Brayden Baby CPR manikin allows trainees to practice the ‘Jaw Thrust / Lift’ manoeuvre. For normal ventilation of an infant it is important that the head is positioned in the ‘neutral’ position to open the airway.

Hyper-extension of the head (tilting head back) is inappropriate for infant ventilations as is flexion (head tilted forwards). The Brayden Baby head realistically positions itself in flexion due to the large occiput, so the student needs to actively move the head into the correct neutral position to open the airway.

Jaw thrust

The jaw mechanism has been designed to mimic the action of a real baby for an accurate jaw thrust / lift manoeuvre.

Head-tilt and chin lift

The airway is only open when the head is positioned in the correct ‘neutral’ position.

Correct airway opening position
A realistically large occiput so that the baby lies with its head in flexion. Trainees must move the head into the correct ‘neutral’ position to open the airway.
A realistic occlusion of the airway when the head is hyper-extended.

Correct Compressions

The real-time feedback from the lights of the Brayden Baby allows good quality chest compressions to be performed.

Guideline configuration: Correct compression depth is at least 1/3rd of the AP (Anterior, Posterior) depth of the chest (4cm) at a rate of 100 to 120 per minute.

Did you know....

Brayden Baby can also be used for Newborn Life Support (NLS) programs as well as Paediatric BLS.

You can also run an infant cardiac arrest scenario. The manikin’s brachial pulse (left arm) simulates the need for chest compressions on an infant with a bradycardic pulse rate.

Technical Specifications

Feature Notes
Type Full Body
Display visual flow of blood from the heart to the brain
Chest compression depth and speed measuring sensor
Chest movement and visual feedback with ventilation
Head tilt and Chin lift for opening airway
Jaw-thrust maneuver
Airway Disposable
Ribs, Xiphoid
Clicker (Audible feedback)
Carotid pulse
Gastric, distension simulation
Length 550 mm
Weight 1.72 kg (excluding batteries)
Packed weight 4.0 kg (G/W), 3.0 kg (N/W)
Dimensions packed 330 mm x 200 mm x 630 mm
Operating temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Humidity Relative humidity between 5% and 95%
Warranty 2 years (consumables are excluded)
Power Input AC 100 ~ 260V, Output DC 9V 1A Battery AA type 1.5V (4 batteries)

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