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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.


Giving Back to Women in Small Business

posted on: November 21, 2016

Helping Women in Small Business

One organization that is near and dear to our owners, Karen and Charlie Morrison, is the Women's Small Business Accelerator located in Westerville, Ohio.

If you've had the pleasure of meeting our owners, Karen and Charlie Morrison, then you already know the type of people they are. Giving doesn't even begin to describe them individually and as a couple. 

One organization that is near and dear to them is the Women's Small Business Accelerator located in Westerville, Ohio. WSBA is a non-profit organization focused exclusively on women who, while the largest percentage of small business owners, still lag behind men in average sales, employee numbers, and securing funding. 

The accelerator offers approximately 35 office spaces, including private offices and cubicles, available to women-business owners at or below competitive market rates. To further assist business owners, the Women’s Small Business Accelerator provides mentoring through monthly, facilitated peer-to-peer roundtables and training classes over a variety of topics ranging from writing a business plan through operational topics that assist business owners in expanding their businesses past the start-up phase. 

Recently, a WSBA participant wrote to Columbus Business First Magazine. We wanted to share it with you.

Dear Editor,

Last week's edition had a terrific article regarding alternative
funding sources for central Ohio start-ups.  For entrepreneurs with
visionary ideas, it's great to know there are options outside of
traditional funding.  

Business First does a fantastic job of covering central Ohio's
start-up community, trends, and resources.  However, there is one
resource that continues to be a best-kept secret; the Women's Small
Business Accelerator.  The WSBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
located in Westerville.  Its mission is to assist all central Ohio
women business owners, regardless of net worth or education level, in
starting and growing their businesses through education and mentoring.

I was fortunate enough to be one of the many women to receive the
support of the WSBA, mine through a six-month intensive course called
"Inspired Entrepreneur."  At the end of the program, my five peers and I
graduated with a fully-vetted business plan,
rigorous analysis of our concept, strategy and execution plan, as well
as feedback and practice on our "pitch."  Adding to our confidence after
graduating is knowing we have an army of successful women business
owners who are committed to helping us achieve
our vision.  (Note:  many of WSBA supporters are on your various "Top
Lists.")

This program wasn't for the faint of heart; since my peers and I
received a sponsorship,  our responsibilities and expectations were made
clear.  The WSBA is earnest in its desire for our success and likewise
expected us to take their investment in us
seriously.  We did.  Our instructor/mentor throughout, Mary McCarthy,
(co-founder) offered us tough empathy during the program to ensure we
beat the statistics while also understanding the challenges facing
female entrepreneurs.

My peers, a diverse ethnic and age group, were pursuing ventures
in very different areas, yet we were on the same journey and became a
close-knit group able to celebrate each other's successes and pick one
another up during those moments of fear/frustration/momentary
setback.

The WSBA is a resource that needs to be shared, discussed and
supported.  I accidently learned about the program when someone
suggested I connect with Caroline Worley (founder) in my early
networking phase.  It should be no accident for women, like me,
to learn of this gem of a resource.   Perhaps you'll send someone to
learn more at next week's annual fundraiser, Starting the Conversation,
on October 27th, and then add the WSBA to your list of valuable
resources in the future.

Best,

Jennifer Dally

Founder & Chief Attunement Officer

Attune Marketing Group

If you would like more information concerning WSBA, please visit their website at wsbaohio.org.




 








Child Manikins are an Important Piece of Teaching CPR

posted on: November 08, 2016

Why adding child CPR manikins to your inventory is so important.

We all know that children and adults are built differently. So, why are we teaching CPR for children on adult manikins? I'm guessing that it is a way to save some money but is it really enough of a savings to NOT practice CPR on a child size body? Here at MCR Medical we believe that CPR training should be practiced on an adult, a child and an infant manikin. You know how they say "practice makes perfect'? This truly is the case with CPR.

We all know that children and adults bodies are different in many ways, yet so many CPR instructors teach CPR for children on adult manikins. I'm guessing that it is a way to save some money but is it really enough of a savings to NOT practice CPR on a child size body? Since we have remarkable, life like, child manikins available, we support learning CPR on an infant, a child and an adult manikin.

In 2014 the leading cause of death in children 1-8 years old was unintentional injury with drowning coming in as #2 in that section. I come across stories quite often where a child was saved from drowning with CPR. And with accidents as the leading cause of death in children, we need every tool available so that we give them the best chance for a good outcome. You know how they say "practice makes perfect'? This truly is the case with CPR.

As far as child manikins go, here at MCR Medical we only sell the Prestan Child Manikins. The Prestan child CPR manikin is modeled after a 10-year-old, the smaller, thinner, less prominent body structures closely resemble a child to the eye and touch. These manikins also optionally offer the exclusive Rate Monitor with LED indicators that allow for instant feedback to both instructor and student regarding their rate of chest compressions. Prestan manikins are the best on the market which makes our child manikins superior to any other.

With November being National Adoption Awareness Month, and to help offset the cost of adding child CPR training supplies to your inventory, we are offering 20% off select child related CPR training supplies. Use promo code: ADOPT16 in checkout. This offer is in response to the many states that require learning CPR and First Aid before you are able to adopt or foster any child. We thank you!






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