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Prestan Manikins Equal The Best CPR Training Experience

posted on: August 08, 2017

CPR Manikins help save lives!

Prestan manikins are first and foremost the best CPR training manikins for teaching CPR and BLS.









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Everyday at work I come across stories about how CPR training helped save a life. I often wonder if having a high quality CPR manikin during training helps with some of these positive outcomes. Pondering this question is how I came up with the idea for this blog post. 
Our owners, Karen and Charlie Morrison have chosen to sell only Prestan manikins here at MCR Medical. Both are seasoned CPR/First Aid instructors as well as instructor trainers. Of course this means they have plenty of experience with using CPR manikins and training with them.
Recently I spoke with Charlie about why they chose Prestan CPR manikins. "It was Karen's preference" was his initial response. Even though the old saying 'Happy wife. Happy life' rings true in a lot of cases, I pressed him for a few more details. He began to share that Prestan CPR training manikins are first and foremost the best manikins for teaching CPR and BLS. He also explained that simply being easier to tote around makes them a better choice for trainers. They are lighter than most and the nylon carry case that comes with them is extremely durable.
Since I began here a few months ago, I myself have learned a thing or two about our CPR manikins. First, having the option of a rate monitor in CPR manikins is a tremendous tool in training students. The LED indicators allow for instant feedback to both instructor and student regarding their rate of chest compression's. This design was revolutionary for CPR manikins and CPR training. The use of the lung bags to monitor the proper chest rise are wonderful as well as the actual chest size when training with AED's make them versatile for other BLS training. Little things like the realistic feel of the manikin and how easy they are to keep clean were great selling points as well. 
The right tool for the job certainly rings true in this case. If you haven't used Prestan manikins, I encourage you to try them. You won't be disappointed.


Does Your Employer Offer First Aid/CPR and AED Training?

posted on: July 25, 2017

Does Your Employer Offer First Aid/CPR and AED Training?

This survey sought to understand how organizations are approaching First Aid, CPR and AED training. Unfortunately, most U.S. employees are not prepared to handle cardiac emergencies in the workplace because they lack training in CPR and first aid according to the new survey results.

Recently I came upon a survey and its companion report, sponsored by the American Heart Association. I thought it important enough to share.

This survey sought to understand how organizations are approaching First Aid, CPR and AED training. Unfortunately, most U.S. employees are not prepared to handle cardiac emergencies in the workplace because they lack training in CPR and first aid according to the new survey results.

In this survey, 1,052 Environmental Health and Safety Professionals interacted with 636 EHS Professionals completing it. Some key information collected included the following:

·         78% of respondents stated that it is very important for their employees to be trained in first aid/CPR/AED training.

·         The top reason for offering first aid/CPR/AED training was their commitment to employee safety.

.         The survey stated that more than 50% of employees take first aid/CPR/AED training seriously.

.         33% of respondents said that lives were saved in the workplace because of the training. 



Also interesting is that nearly one-third third of respondents (30.3%) indicated that they did know of lives having been saved outside of the workplace because of proper first aid/CPR/AED training. Nearly half of survey participants (47.8%) knew of situations outside the workplace where injuries or medical conditions were successfully treated. These numbers prove that this type of training helps save lives.

Here at MCR Medical all employees must be certified in first aid/CPR/AED and I feel confident that we would know what to do instinctively in case of an emergency. Shouldn’t you and your employees feel the same way?

You can find more information on this report and workforce training on the American Heart Association’s website.

For all your first aid/CPR/AED training equipment needs please visit our website at mcrmedical.com or call us at 614-782-2100 and we will be happy to help.


DON'T MISS A CHANCE TO WIN PRESTAN MANIKINS

posted on: July 19, 2017

Me and My Manikin Photo Contest

Welcome to the first ever “Me and My Manikin” photo contest! The objective of this contest is for the contestants to spend a day with their CPR Manikin and photograph it. You could win a set of 4 Prestan Ultralite© Manikins.

Prestan CPR Manikins


Welcome to the first ever “Me and My Manikin” photo contest! The objective of this contest is for the contestants to spend a day with their CPR Manikin and photograph it.

Going to go get tacos for lunch? Take your CPR Manikin and snap a few pictures to submit! Feel like have a “Twin Day” with your CPR Manikin? Put on your matching outfits and have a photo shoot. The creative possibilities are endless! Choose your favorite picture and upload it to our MCR Medical Facebook page in the contest portion and share with your friends and family. 

The winner of this contest will be determined by a combination of votes and the MCR Medical Staff. The prize awarded to the 1st place contestant will be 4-pack of  Prestan Ultralite© Manikins that have been used for demonstration purposes only, completely refurbished and still under their 3 year warranty (see manikins and products details at (http://www.mcrmedical.com/cate... ).The 2nd and 3rd place winners will also receive prizes which will consist of a variety of First Aid and CPR training products to assist with their classes and training.See contest for official rules and regulations. 


Contest end 07/21/2017. Good luck and please call us at 614-782-2100 with any questions. 


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.

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CPR Manikin Keychain and CPR Buttons


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.

Who doesn't like a free gift after any training or class. Here at MCR Medical we offer some of the best novelty gifts for CPR training including our new CPR training manikin keychains. We have named them the Manikey. How fun is that. 

We also have an assortment of buttons pictured above including Keep Calm and Press On and CPR SAVES LIVES. With our low pricing and free shipping you will want to order them for each and every student! 

Our wristbands have become a customer favorite. These come in blue, green or red with 2 different sayings including CPR SAVES LIVES and CPR TRAINED 30:2. 

If you would like a free sample of any of our novelty items please call us at 614-782-2100 and mention this blog post.

Stay tuned to MCR Medical for new items coming soon. 

sales@mcrmedical.com

 


 


 


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! 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.

CPR Pocket Resuscitator Masks


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

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.

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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.

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.

Pack of 10 Training CPR Pocket Resuscitator Masks & FREE Valves, MCR Medical


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. 


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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!

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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!

 


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