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