With so many CPR Manikin options available it’s difficult to determine what you’re really getting. Skin tone, quantity, feedback devices…All of these options might have your head spinning.
My goal with this blog is to help eliminate the concerns and hesitations you might encounter when purchasing a Prestan Manikin.
Prestan Products has made it very simple in their “naming algorithm” for the majority of their products. I plan on dissecting that algorithm with you today in hopes of providing you with a better understanding of what exactly it is you are buying.
I’m going to be referencing Item Number: PP-AM-400M-DS throughout this blog. If you’re a visual learning like me, this will be very helpful.
Let’s break it down!
A common trend you will see in the Item Number for Prestan Products is “PP“ at the beginning of their item. This identifies…You Got it….Prestan Products!
The next portion of the Item Number is a series of letters such as AM, CM, IM, FM, JTM etc. These help everyone (buyer or seller) identify what type of manikin is being browsed or purchased. To check out all the The Prestan Manikins MCR Medical has to offer click the link below:
I’ve written out the letter series below and their detailed counterpart
JTM–Jaw Thrust Manikin
Got it? Great! Moving Right along!
Next up in the Item Number series is a set of numbers ranging from 100-500. This is Prestan’s way of helping everyone identify how many CPR Training Manikins come in a package.
300= 3 Manikins
See, it’s not that difficult when you actually know the science behind the naming procedure!
Side Note: Some kits available offer multiple manikin sizes (adult, child, and infant) in one kit. An example would be the Collection or Family Pack that allows you to purchase adult, child, and infant manikins in one pack. Those particular packs are identified with a “FM” and come with either 3 Manikins (1 Adult, 1 Child, and 1 Infant) this Item Number would be PP-FM-300M or 5 Manikins (2 Adults, 1 Child, and 2 Infants) this Item Number would be PP-FM-500M.
Now onto the Feedback Device identifying portion. Prior to the AHA referring to them as Feedback Devices a lot of instructors knew them as Compression Rate Monitors or Monitors for short.
That is where the “M” comes into play with Prestan’s naming algorithm. That random “M” is actually what helps you identify if your Manikin selection comes equipped with a Monitor/Feedback Device. So when you see that “M” (not to be confused with the “MS” that is identifying skin tone) you’ll know that your manikin selection comes with a Monitor/Feedback Device.
This is where there might be a little confusion….
The last section in the Item Number is the Manikin Skin Tone. Prestan
carries three different Skin Tones for their Professional Series Manikins:
Light, Medium and Dark.
MS=Medium Skin Tone
DS=Dark Skin Tone
but what about the Light Skin Tone? Where is the LS?
Well, there is NO Light Skin Tone color designator. If you are looking for a Light Skin Tone Manikin, this section of the Item Number will actually be absent.
Time for an Example:
Let’s identify the product below
4- Pack of Prestan Adult Manikins, W/ Monitor, Light Skin
Your Item Number should look like this: PP-AM-400M
You’ll notice that there is no skin tone in the 4th section. Oddly enough the actual absence of skin tone in this section identifies it as the Light Skin Tone.
However, if you wanted the same product in Medium Skin Tone or Dark Skin Tone you would see this:
PP-AM-400M-MS or PP-AM-400M-DS
It can’t be that easy because of course with any algorithm there is going to be a wrench or two.
Enter The Prestan Ultralite Manikin Series. At this time the Ultralite series is only manufactured in the Medium Skin Tone and it does not have the ability to provide Feedback. However, it is one of our most popular manikin series for a reason. That’s due to its light weight, easy storage and economical pricing! Check out the Ultralite Manikin Series at the link below:
Just for your reference the Ultralite Item Number is:
PP-ULM-100-MS or PP-ULM-400-MS
100=1 Manikin or 400=4 Manikins
MS=Medium Skin Tone
If you have any additional questions or concerns when buying a Prestan CPR Training Manikin please feel free to call us! We’d be more than happy to help you pick the right manikin for you!
That’s all I’ve got today!
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