CHEST COMPRESSIONS Find the apical pulse on the left side. Place the heel of one hand on this site and your other hand below the right side of "Fluffy" and begin compressions (see the American Red Cross Pet First Aid book). The simulated rib cage should help you find your compression site as well.
PULSE Simply connect the pulse tube to the connector that sticks out of the back side. Start pumping to feel the realistic pulse on the left side directly over the heart. The tubing was purposely made long to allow the instructor the opportunity to test students.
Cleaning & Maintenance
"Fluffy" is carefully hand made and each unit is inspected before shipment. Your "Fluffy" has arrived in a condition ready for use. All Rescue Critters! products are hand crafted and will vary slightly in appearance.
Brush the fur gently before each use to avoid matting. Be aware that a certain amount of "shedding" will occur. This is normal. Brush just enough to work out any matted areas on the fur. Also, brush away any fur that is caught in the Velcro. Fur in the Velcro will prevent it from securing properly. When closing Velcro, join all ends together until no Velcro is showing. Firmly press on the seam to secure closure.
Since many hands will be handling "Fluffy" on a regular basis it is recommended that you periodically check for stains. For spot cleaning stains on the fur, simply lather the stained area with a small amount of soft soap or detergent and water. Using a sponge or cloth gently rub out the stain and rinse with cold water (be sure to completely rinse out soap). Brush gently while the fur is still wet and allow to air dry completely.
To change the lungs and clean the airway:
1) Lift open the flap of fur on the left side of the chest.
2) Disconnect the airway by removing tubing from the coupler connector.
3) Dispose of the lung, but do not throw away the coupler.
4) Take a pipe cleaner soaked in rubbing alcohol and run it a few times up and through the tube. DO NOT attempt to remove the interior tube or nose.
5) After the tubing has been cleaned connect a new lung to the coupler.
6) Close Velcro flap.
The following are some points to keep in mind:
1) "Fluffy" is a CPR training device and should never be used as a toy or by children for the purposes of play.
2) When carrying "Fluffy" use the carrying case provided. "Fluffy" should be inserted in the carrying case on her side with the feet facing the handles. If not using the proper case, cradle "Fluffy" in your arms as you would a real cat.
3) Never handle the unit by the mouth, head, tail or limbs. This will result in damage to the unit.
If you are having trouble with your "Fluffy" mannikin here are some areas to double check:
1) If the chest does not inflate, check the airway to make sure it is properly connected and placed securely under flap of fur. Make sure it has not ruptured. If air still does not go in check for a blockage in the "elbow" of the lung.
2) We have tried to make the simulated pulse on the "Fluffy" mannikins as realistic as possible. Keep in mind that, as with a real cat, it may be difficult to locate the pulse point on the left side directly over the heart. The student must search for the pulse as part of the training.
Your "Fluffy" mannikin should give you many years of service. In the event your unit fails as a result of workmanship, your unit comes with a limited warranty. Spare parts are available from Rescue Critters, LLC. If you have any questions or require additional parts or repairs call Rescue Critters, LLC at 818-780-7860.