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Use Fun Items to Make CPR Training Memorable

posted on: June 16, 2017

A novelty item is an object which is specifically designed to serve no practical purpose, and is sold for its uniqueness, humor, or simply as something new (hence "novelty", or newness).

We have a wonderful product development team who has been working hard to come up with some fun and unique items to not only bring awareness to CPR training but help you grow your business as well.



 

As described in Wikipedia, a novelty item is an object which is specifically designed to serve no practical purpose, and is sold for its uniqueness, humor, or simply as something new (hence "novelty", or newness).  Items may have an advertising or promotional purpose. This description fairly describes our list of MCR Medical’s fun novelties item.

We have a wonderful product development team who has been working hard to come up with some fun and unique items to not only bring awareness to CPR training but help you grow your business as well. Our team has created terrific items just for you including wrist bands, buttons and keychains.

First are our wristbands. They are offered in red, green or blue. You can also choose from 2 different sayings: “CPR SAVES LIVES” or “CPR TRAINED 30:2 C-A-B”.  Schools and instructors love purchasing these to give to their students once they’ve complete their training. They’ve also been used a prize during training for correct answers etc.

Next, we have our buttons. In the above picture, you can see the many different buttons that we offer. I think everyone’s favorite buttons so far are the “Heart Anatomy” and the “Squad Goals”.  These are a great inexpensive item to offer as freebies at class or events.

Our newest novelty item is the unusual yet fun CPR manikin keychain. This keychain comes with a slot in the back to place identification or even put a picture. This has been my personal favorite so far!

If you are a CPR instructor or an advocate of CPR training any of these items would be a wonderful to handout and promote CPR. Make yourself memorable with something fun and different.

We would be more than happy to send a sample of one of these items to you. If you are interested please contact Lora at sales@mcrmedical.com. Also, if you have any questions about any of our products, please contact us at the above email or call us at 614-782-2100.

 


 


 


CPR Rescue Masks and Barriers

posted on: April 14, 2017

CPR Rescue Masks and Keychains

CPR Rescue Masks and Keychains: What are they and why everyone should have one!


If you’re not working in healthcare of some sort, then you may not know why we all carry CPR pocket resuscitator masks and/or CPR keychains with us or close to us always. You may not even know what they are. It’s ok. I had no idea what they were until I started working here at MCR Medical. I am kind of embarrassed to admit that but I now want to spread the word about having one of these available to the public everywhere. Whether it be in your home, office, at the store, at school or on a ball field, I believe having one available may encourage more people to perform CPR with rescue breaths.

You may now be asking what is a barrier device? A barrier device like a pocket mask or a face shield, is designed to stop the transfer of fluids from one person to another during CPR. One of the components of CPR is rescue breathing which provides valuable oxygen to the body. This is where the barrier comes in. After placing the barrier on the mouth and face you will be protected from the transfer of fluids. Many of our CPR Pocket Masks and CPR Keychains come with gloves and alcohol wipes to further allow for the safe performance of CPR.

Below are a few CPR facts to help you understand how important it is to not hesitate to save a life.

  • Effective CPR provided by a bystander immediately will help in increasing the chances of survival of a cardiac arrest victim.
  • 95% victims of cardiac arrest die prior to reaching a hospital or medical care facility.
  • If a bystander does not perform CPR, the survival chances of a victim will decrease 7% in every single minute of delay.
  • Within 5 – 6 minutes after a victim has experienced cardiac arrest and within that time span, no CPR is performed, followed by defibrillation, the victim might further suffer from brain death crisis.
  • More lives can be saved; with proper knowledge and training in performing CPR because death from cardiac arrest is not at all inevitable.
  • CPR is not only meant for resuscitating a victim of cardiac arrest. 7 million people, including children and adults suffer disabling injuries every year in their homes or within similar environments. This is caused by accidents that might require the use of CPR.
  • In US alone, a life is lost because of a combination of accidents and heart attacks, every 34 seconds!
  • As per studies, 45% heart attacks occur amongst people under 65 years of age.
  • As per AHA, 1 in 6 men and 1 in 8 women, above 45 years of age have had stroke or heart attack.

We never know when we may need to use our CPR skills to try and save a life so GET CPR TRAINED and don't hesitate to save a life.


Lifeguards=Lifesavers

posted on: March 14, 2017

Swimming Made Safer



Swimming Made Safer


Do you remember when you couldn’t wait to go to the pool every day of summer break? Or to the beach? I do. I remember idolizing the lifeguards not knowing how important their job really was. They were there to save lives.

Starting in the 1800's, bathing, now known as swimming, became a popular recreational activity in the United States to beat the heat of summer. The first beach patrol in the United States was founded in 1891 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Atlantic City Beach Patrol is currently the oldest active beach patrol in the United States.  But as water activity increased, so did the incidence of drowning. By the early 1900s as many as 9,000 people drowned each year in the United States. We can thank the YMCA for creating the first volunteer lifesaving swimmers in 1912 which helped make swimming safer.

In the beginning lifeguard training programs primarily emphasized personal water safety such as how to prevent drownings and protect oneself in emergencies. That all changed over time as swimming rescues were unavoidable. With the development of special lifesaving devices including the rescue buoy, the rescue tube, and the rescue board it was much safer to attempt a swimming rescue than before when you had to risk rescuing a panicked swimmer.

In recent decades, lifeguards have always provided Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. In addition, many lifeguards are now both trained and certified to use advanced lifesaving tools such as the external defibrillator and portable oxygen. In some communities, lifeguards have taken on broader public safety responsibilities, such as advanced life support, coastal cliff rescue, and law enforcement.

We like to think that we help train the lifesavers by offering quality training equipment to them. If you would like more information on our CPR and first aid training products, please call or email us. We would be more than happy to help. And remember, NEVER SWIM WITHOUT SOMEONE TRAINED IN CPR!


Are You Ready to teach CPR?

posted on: February 15, 2017

Each week we field calls from people who are new CPR instructors or want to become one.



In 1960 when cardiopulmonary resuscitation was first developed, the American Heart Association started a program to acquaint physicians with close-chest cardiac resuscitation and became the forerunner of CPR training for the general public. Today there are thousands of CPR instructors across the United States and each year more and more people are being trained as instructors.
Each week we field calls from people who are new CPR instructors or want to become one. Because of this we decided to compile a New Instructor Checklist (included in this blog post) to help alleviate some of the work of going into this business for yourself. We also have created CPR Training kits that include manikins, AED trainers and other items for new instructors. Check them out on our website.
If you are new instructor or interested in becoming one, we can help. Not only do we have quality CPR, AED and First Aid training equipment at low prices, our owners are seasoned CPR, First Aid and CERT instructors / instructor trainers with decades of first aid and practical field experience as well. 

Email us at sales@mcrmedical.com or call us at 614-782-2100.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Lora


 

                                             New CPR Instructor Training Supply Checklist


1.    CPR manikins- Ultralite or Prestan Professional. With monitors or without. Light, medium or dark skin tones.


2.    CPR training masks, valves, shields and/or bag valve masks.


3.    AED trainers and pads.


4.    Extra lung bags.


5.    Exam gloves.


6.    Student training kits for first aid.


7.    CPR training mats.


8.    Fun and useful handouts for students: our wristbands and CPR mask keychains.


9.    Pocket resuscitator masks.


 




 



Why Try Our Reinflatible Training Masks

posted on: January 23, 2017

Our reinflatible masks are hard to beat.

Why should you try our reinflatible training masks? Because MCR Medical Supply’s re-inflatable training masks allow you to customize or refill your training mask’s air bladder! With the included syringe, you can add or remove air from the bladder, individualizing the CPR training pocket mask to best fit the contours of your manikin. Some of the benefits of this innovative mask will make you want to at the very least, try them out.

One big benefit is the ability to form a tight seal with your hands around the mask and the manikins face to confirm that your breath is entering the lungs of the manikin. This allows you or your students to make sure that they are properly exhaling into the lungs. Another benefit to this particular mask is the simple fact that you will never have to discard your masks when they go flat (given that they have not been punctured). All’s you have to do is simply use your syringe to inflate your mask to the volume or size you prefer. Our non-collapsible CPR training mask is a cost-effective solution for teaching CPR without using a more expensive rescue mask. Because the washable trainers are capable of being decontaminated per CDC guidelines, they’re reusable and help maximize your training dollar! This method will ultimately save you money and worry in the long run.

These masks are sold in a ten pack with a syringe and a complimentary pack of 10 training valves. We sell these masks for adults as well as infants and the mask’s stems are fully compatible with all brands of universal CPR valves.

MCR Medical Supply’s training CPR masks should be inspected and disinfected after use, replacing as necessary. The masks do not have an oxygen port and are designed for training purposes only.


Rub-a-dub-dub, but don't put that manikin in the tub!

posted on: January 09, 2017

How do I clean and disinfect my CPR training manikins during and especially after class? 

Protecting our students from disease transmission is always important, now more than ever, with the rise in antibiotic resistant strains of bad bugs. The importance of using PPE (vinyl or nitrile gloves and CPR masks) during practice, as well an emphasis on effective hand washing must be a part of everyone's class, all the time.

http://www.mcrmedical.com/product/PP-FM-300.htmlA question I receive quite often is:

How do I clean and disinfect my CPR training manikins during and especially after class? 

Protecting our students from disease transmission is always important, now more than ever, with the rise in antibiotic resistant strains of bad bugs. The importance of using PPE (vinyl or nitrile gloves and CPR masks) during practice, as well an emphasis on effective hand washing must be a part of everyone's class, all the time.  These simple steps are the first line of defense against various types of diseases, even life threatening respiratory illness and intestinal distress.

Some professional CPR training manikins can be cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines. Instructors should carefully follow all manufacturers’ recommendations and verify the products used to clean / disinfect are appropriate for their particular manikin and will not damage it. While the risk of infection from CPR manikin training is very low, it is still present. Help further minimize the risk by using proper cleaning and disinfection procedures.

If students are sharing a manikin during class:
Between each student, encourage vigorous wiping of the manikin's face, mouth and chest with a gauze pad wet with 70% isopropyl alcohol or a comparable disinfecting product. Leave the surface wet for at least 30 seconds before wiping dry.

After class:
Scrub and wipe the entire manikin with either Clorox®-type disinfecting wipes or a mixture of ¼ cup of non-scented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Leave wiped surfaces wet with the solution for 10 minutes. 
Internal surfaces can be cleaned using rubbing alcohol which will both decontaminate surfaces and aid in drying, preventing fungal growth.

Disinfection protocols change. Stay up-to-date by viewing current CDC guidelines. 


Are You Afraid to Save a Life?

posted on: January 04, 2017

Don't be afraid to save a life!

Most sudden cardiac arrest and heart attacks do not happen around a medical professional. They happen around family, friends and bystanders!

While researching the top concerns of preforming CPR I came across an article in Huffington Post by Dr. Amer Aldeen. The following paragraph from that article states not only the fears we most often hear but also some statistics that you can't but help take notice of: “If chest compressions are so easy to learn and effective, why does only one out of every three sudden cardiac arrest victims receive them? Why do only 5 percent of victims get treated with an automated external defibrillator? Quite simply, people are afraid. They are afraid of causing more harm than good, of being sued, of performing mouth-to-mouth ventilation, and of (literally) shocking someone.” 

Being in this business, we understand these fears but we also want to help alleviate some of the anxiety of jumping in and helping save a life. 

1.    Let’s start with the fear of "causing more harm than good". The victim is essentially dead so anything you


      attempt in keeping them alive and blood flowing is not going to cause them to be any deader. This is simply


      the truth! 

2.   Afraid of being sued? Remember that the chances of causing any injury are very miniscule and all 50

      state and  the District of Columbia have some type of Good Samaritan Law which it’s protection is intended to

      reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful

      death. I’ve included the Good Samaritan Law in my home state of Ohio to give you a better understanding of 

      it.


3.   Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is a vital part of CPR and by having a CPR mask key chain you will always be


      ready. But remember, do not let the fear of disease stop you from preforming chest compressions. Not doing


      anything is not helping in these type of emergency situations!


4.   There are Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in many public places. Look around or have someone else


      find one and USE IT! All AED’s have simple instructions for users and give the patient the best chance to


      survive.



Most sudden cardiac arrest and heart attacks do not happen around a medical professional. They happen around

family, friends and bystanders! Learn CPR today. You never know whos life you may save. And remember to call

911 first!

 


Cross Contamination and One Way Valves

posted on: December 30, 2016

Reusing one-way valves is defeating the purpose of the valves and goes against CDC guidelines.

We field many calls regarding the reuse of one way valves and we know that some instructor trainers demonstrate the re-use of these valves. This is defeating the purpose of the valves and goes against CDC guidelines. CDC guidelines DO NOT allow for one way CPR valves to be decontaminated.

We field many calls regarding the reuse of one way valves and we know that some instructor trainers demonstrate the re-use of these valves. This is defeating the purpose of the valves and goes against CDC guidelines. CDC guidelines DO NOT allow for one way CPR valves to be decontaminated. Period. This is true of all pocket resuscitator mask style valves from any manufacturer. The HEPA style filter inside the valve cannot be cleaned and disinfected without destroying the efficacy of the filter.

Anytime one way valves are reused, students are subject to cross-contamination. For example: Student A uses the one-way valve to practice breaths in CPR training. The instructor then takes out the filter and “sanitizes” it and hands it to student B. Student B then uses it to practice breaths with CPR training. The fluids that are in the CPR manikin’s lung bag from student A then gets inhaled into student B. That is cross contamination.

If cost is a concern when it comes to buying valves, then consider using CPR training shields. We offer 3 brands of shields here at MCR Medical at a cost of approximately .25 each.

We are available 9 AM to 5 PM EST Monday through Thursday and 9 AM to 4 PM EST  Fridays to answer any questions you may have concerning our valves and shields. Please contact us with any problems, concerns or questions you may have.


Something Blue and New

posted on: December 16, 2016

Prestan Blue Monitors

We now have the new rate monitors that reflect the 2015 AHA CPR cpm recommendations.

The 2015 American Heart Association CPR guidelines, which are based off the latest resuscitation 
research, to provide science-based recommendations for treating cardio vascular emergencies- 
particularly cardiac arrest in adult, children, infants and newborns. 

The updated guidelines include: 
~ Untrained bystanders should press hard and fast in the center of the chest at the rate of
100-120 compressions per minute. Trained bystanders should use the 30:2 compressions to breaths
ratio with a goal of 120 compressions per minute. 
~ Bystanders should use mobile phones to immediately call 911 and use the speaker phone feature
so the dispatcher can get the exact location and help with CPR instructions. 

As soon as the 2015 guidelines were released our customers wanted an updated
monitor to reflect the new recommendation of 120 compressions, or pushes, per minute. 

Because we sell Prestan Products, one of the highest regarded manufacturer of
CPR manikins in the industry, keeping them up to date with any new AHA guidelines are of 
vital importance. We were very excited to hear that Prestan had new blue updated CPR rate 
monitors for their manikins and even more excited when they arrived at MCR Medical.

The new blue monitors allow instructors and students to not only see when they have
reached and are maintaining the minimum recommended speed of 100 cpm, they will
also see when they reach the upper limit of 120 cpm. 
The new monitor gives feedback as follows:
1. Red Light = Less than 60 compressions per minute

2. Yellow Light = 60-80 compressions per minute

3. Green Light = 80-99 compressions per minute

4. 2 Green Lights = Recommended 100 compressions per minute 

5. 2 Green Lights Plus Yellow Flashing Light = The 120 compressions per minute
upper limit has been reached.

All Prestan Adult, Child and Infant Manikins with monitor capabilities now come with the new 
blue monitors. You are also able to update your previously ordered manikins with the new 
blue monitors. They are very simple to replace and we are always more than willing to guide you 
through any issues you may have while doing so.
 

Because our customers are always our #1 priority, we promise to keep them informed 
anytime new guidelines or new updates are introduced in the industry. 


Social Media and MCR Medical

posted on: December 02, 2016

Connect with us!

There are 3 billion internet users in the world and 2 billion of those have some kind of social media account whether it be Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or one of the dozen or so others


If we thought about it, we couldn't name very many people we know who are not on some type of social media. This is because there are 3 billion internet users in the world and 2 billion of those have some kind of social media account whether it be Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or one of the dozen or so others.  

Here at MCR Medical we recognize that a large number of our customers and our potential customers use social media. We, of course, want to reach them. But that's not the only reason we choose to use social media. There are several other reasons. 1. It tells us about them: Who they are? What they like?  2. We are able to provide even more customer service: We read and respond to what they need through posts or direct messages.  3. Share information: This can be anything from new products, sales and/or our company culture.  4. Build relationships: We enjoy seeing your posts and responding to them and we hope you do the same. 5. Customer control: We don't use email for marketing reasons but we do choose to use social media so that customers have complete control over whether they choose to receive information about product releases, notice of sales, etc.

We hope you take a few minutes and follow our social media links on our website to see, first hand, how we use social media.


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