Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Brief History of the Heroin Crisis and the Effect on First Responders

I'm sure most of you have seen the horrifying picture of the 4 year old sitting in the back seat of a minivan while his grandmother and a male are seen overdosing in the front seats. This picture is the reality of the heroin crisis in our country and for first responders it's, unfortunately, an everyday scene.

The heroin addict was born in 1874 when the drug was introduced as a "safe" alternative to the morphine addicts derived from the tens of thousands of Northern and Confederate soldiers who had become addicted. It has been present in American culture ever since. Heroin, morphine and other opiate derivatives were sold legally in the United States until 1920 when Congress enacted The Dangerous Drug Act after seeing the danger. Fast forward to 1996 when OxyContin was introduced and now that heroin is used because it is easier to use, much cheaper and easily available.

Opioid addiction is now an epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014. And it's only getting worse. Which means everyone in the United States has or will be affected especially the first responders who see it daily.

In Marion Ohio, the police chief stopped charging those who overdosed (Of course drug traffickers are still arrested). Instead authorities rely on other tools — prevention, education and naloxone (Narcan) an overdose medication — to try to put a dent in an epidemic that killed more than 1,400 people last year in Ohio. Police and paramedics now also have to be drug-treatment specialists. The Ohio Department of Health states that Naloxone (Narcan) was used 19,782 times by emergency personnel in Ohio last year. In another Ohio town one paramedic has used naxolone 5 times in one shift. You wonder what is does to first responders who everyday see people on the edge of death over and over and over again because of addiction.

Several of our products are used for training in basic life saving skills that are used constantly in this battle. We hope one day they aren't needed near as often as they are today.

It's likely that first responders will continue to battle this crisis daily and with their knowledge someday help end it.  We can only hope.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Why We Only Sell Prestan Manikins

Everyday at work I come across stories about how CPR training helped save a life. I often wonder if having the right 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. 
Recently I spoke with Charlie about why they chose Prestan. "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 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 are great!
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 the 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 compressions. 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. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

EMT News: It's Healthy Living Day at the Alaska State Fair

It's Healthy Living Day at the Alaska State Fair

PALMER, Alaska You can find plenty of tasty, deep-fried and high-calorie treats at the Alaska State Fair. On Monday, the emphasis was on healthy eating and life styles.

Several booths offered free health and safety lessons and screenings as part of "Healthy Living Day"
Mat Su Regional Medical and Mat Su Borough EMS have a tent on the purple trail are offering free hands-only CPR training. The one-on-one training takes about 5 minutes.
EMS training instructor Mandy Grinnell says more than 870 people, both adults and kids, had been trained in the tent by Monday.

"Got a lot of first-time parents that are coming in with their little ones that are saying hey can you teach me infant CPR," says Grinnell.

Across the purple trail Lions Club members are offering free vision screening. The quick exam offers two outcomes, pass or referral for further evaluation by a doctor.

Josh the Otter was handing out hugs and coloring books on water safety. The awareness project was started after a child named Joshua Collingsworth died in 2008 from slipping into a pool while unsupervised. To learn more visit 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tuesday Morning

Maya Angelou was a successful author, poet and civil rights activist. While she had a tumultuous childhood, as an adult she surrounded herself with people who inspired her and were uplifting. It's wonderful how she continues to encourage and energize so many people even after her death. 

Recently, our work family was hit with a terrible blow. One of our own was diagnosed with a very ugly illness. I think all of us are still trying to come to grips with the diagnosis but also stay positive. We all want to do something, anything to help our friend through this scary time. But we also don't want to be intrusive. Being a rainbow in someone else's cloud sounds perfect. 

While doing my research for this post, I have come across several articles on being a good friend during a serious illness. The first thing to remember is, it's about them! What they need and want from you. I did see similarities to everything I read; Notes, texts and calls are nice. But keep them short and sweet. Phone calls may not be welcomed all the time and that's ok. Visits can sometimes help them not feel isolated. But be sure you ask before you visit. Consider visiting on a Tuesday morning instead of the weekend or evening when a lot of people want to visit. Share things they enjoy while you're visiting. Also, conversations should help them have moments of joy. Such as talking about pets, traveling and etc. Running errands and bringing them silly or sweet gifts are great ways to help. And finally, remember the caregiver. Ask what they need. Maybe sit with their loved one while they take a short walk or run to the store. 

Now I know that some people are more private than others but with a little listening, you should be able to figure out what they are comfortable with. And if it's nothing right know then that's ok. It is about them anyway.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Children Can Save Lives With CPR Training

                  I have seen several pictures and read several stories lately concerning children learning CPR. As a former teacher of young children, I am always fascinated by their abilities. They are truly little sponges that absorb as much information as we can throw at them. And as a new school year begins wouldn't it be wonderful to send them off with skills that could possibly save a life?

                  That is exactly what is happening around the country as more states begin to make CPR training a mandatory graduation requirement. This map from Pro Teachings LLC shows where we are as a country, as we strive to have CPR required in all high schools.

                 While doing research for this blog I came upon several videos and pictures from around the country of young children learning CPR. I really enjoyed this video posted from WPBF in Florida. I like the idea of using the soft toy ambulance for compression training. Also, how wonderful is it that NYPD has a Mobile CPR Unit. This summer they have been traveling throughout the city teaching CPR. I love seeing all their pics on Instagram.

                  Please consider taking a CPR class with your children. It most certainly does Save Lives!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Everything Starts with a Customer!

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We hope you have had a chance to experience our excellent customer service here at MCR Medical Supply. It really is second to none!  

We are a family owned and operated business which gives us an opportunity to provide amazing personal service. We offer wholesale supplies of First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness products, including materials needed by instructors. While we are not on the front lines we want to help by allowing you to be ready with the right tools!
One way MCR Medical shows how much we value great customer service is through the quality of the products we offer. We will only sell supplies that we believe in. We doubt you'll need to contact us for a warranty issue, but if you do, you will receive the type of service that we want to receive ourselves. And if you ever have a warranty issue on ANY item you purchase from us, we will gladly pay all U.S. domestic shipping charges associated with a warranty request out of our pockets (not the manufacturers), and this includes from you to us (if necessary), and from us to you. 
Our return policy reflects our desire to provide excellent customer service as well; If within 10 business days of receipt you are not happy with an item, contact us. We will gladly replace it, refund the purchase price of the item (if returned), or credit you for other items, your choice.

We strive to provide 5-star service in every way! We want our customers to be happy with their purchase and come back for more!

Thank you for the opportunity to earn your trust!