Why the Pad Sensing System in the Prestan AED Trainer?

The Pad Sensing System on the Prestan AED trainer simulates a live AED

 
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Prestan Sensing AED Pads

If you are wanting the most realistic AED trainer then look no further than the Prestan AED trainer. What makes them the best?  The pad sensing system! It’s that simple. 
The unique Pad Sensing System automatically detects when each pad is placed on the manikin. Programming runs through a sensor in the center of the pad’s adhesive which most realistically simulates a live AED, allowing for a more realistic training experience. No remote control is necessary, although available for the Professional AED Trainer if desired.
The high-quality pads last for over 100 applications and the pad adhesive adheres and removes well to any manikin on the market without leaving messy residue. No more damaged pads or cleaning adhesive off your manikins. Pad replacement is affordable and easy, just replace the pad not the cord.
The state-of-the-art training pads will assure a true-to-life training experience.

Other features include:

• Pads are pre-connected and ready to use, unlike other AED trainers
that use outdated plug-in technology
• One set of dual-graphics pads work for both adult and child training
• Pads have an embedded ‘switch’ which senses proper pad
attachment to the manikin (Pad Sensing System) (patent pending)
• The silicone base adhesive on the pads, coupled with the foam
structure, ensures easy application & removal

Here at MCR Medical we are dedicated to providing the most up to date information on our products and outstanding customer service. If you would like more information on the Prestan AED trainer or any of our great products please email us at sales@mcrmedical.com or call us at 614-782-2100.

Give us your Feedback on the CPR Feedback Device: pun intended!

The CPR feedback device provide, real-time, audiovisual and corrective evaluation.

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CPR Feedback Device Manikin

Most of you have now heard about the new AHA guidelines concerning the new CPR feedback device. Studies have show the technology can be used alongside or integrated with a manikin to help students improve skills and reduce instruction time. Below is the official statement from the AHA.

DALLAS, August 15, 2017 — The American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease – will now require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device in all courses that teach adult CPR skills, effective January 31, 2019. The devices provide, real-time, audiovisual and corrective evaluation and instruction on chest compression rate, depth, chest recoil and proper hand placement during CPR training.

Continue reading Give us your Feedback on the CPR Feedback Device: pun intended!

Prestan Manikins Equal The Best CPR Training Experience

CPR Manikins help save lives!

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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. Continue reading Prestan Manikins Equal The Best CPR Training Experience

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

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

Me and My Manikin Photo Contest

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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.

 

 

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

Lifeguards=Lifesavers

Swimming Made Safer

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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!

 

Why Try Our Reinflatible Training Masks

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.

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!

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

https://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?

Don’t be afraid to save a life!

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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!

Cross Contamination and One Way Valves

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

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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.

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