Emergency Care Training
CPR / First
Emergency Response Team
for Healthcare Offices (ECHO)
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- Medical Emergency Response Team
is the term we use for top-of-the-line emergency care training for
corporations and industry. The concept behind MERT is to form a
dedicated group to respond to problems within a facility or
company. MERT members take a one day (8 hour) program that teaches
the most up to date first aid and resuscitation techniques and how
to use the most high tech emergency equipment.
The program has an
specific emblem and product line associated with it. MERT
products are available only through Less Stress Instructional
do MERT members learn ?
MERT program include a number of sub-programs that we often do
independently. While MERT sessions will vary slightly from client
to client, a few of the elements are standard:
CPR Training: MERT
participant will learn adult CPR techniques. These are
resuscitation procedures for individuals age 1
MERT participants are taught to use an Automated External
Defibrillator. Traditionally we train participants on the
specific unit they will use. We have a large number of AED
trainers from the various manufacturers that we use to ensure that
MERT members are comfortable using the device.
First Aid Training:
Of all the skills a MERT member might use, Basic First
Aid techniques are the most likely to get used. The course
includes management of injuries such as bleeding control and
fractures, medical emergencies such as diabetic problems and
seizures, as well as environmental emergencies such as heat
exhaustion and poisoning.
Therapy: The prompt
application of emergency oxygen can often significantly lessen the
damage done to patient during serious injury or medical emergency.
The MERT program teaches use of an emergency oxygen kit and the
various components used to deliver the therapy.
short self-protection inservice covers the possibility of disease
transmission during occupational emergencies. Relevant concerns,
protective equipment, and regulations are discussed.
makes MERT better than traditional CPR/First Aid programs?
training isn't really any different than regular CPR/First Aid
training - in fact, MERT program participants receive the same
nationally recognized training certificates that we give out for
our more traditional CPR/First Aid programs. The difference
is that MERT integrates the site's specific equipment (their brand
of AED or oxygen bottle for example) and supplies into the course.
More than teach people how to perform CPR or First Aid, it teaches
people to respond to emergencies - addressing issues like
deployment, continuing education, and documentation. Your
participants will not just learn to bandage a patient, they will
learn to attend to the injury, document it properly, and provide a
solid hand-off report to the responding ambulance. MERT also
specifically integrates the site's specific equipment into all the
skills (very important!). Participants will learn rescue
breathing with oxygen if that is available, will work out of the
specific MERT bags that the site has purchased, etc.
dedicated response team requires certain tools to be effective.
You cannot have a MERT team working out of the same first aid kits
that workers use to treat paper cuts. A MERT team is most
effective when equipped with appropriate response gear.
MERT has a great
product line that is consistent with the course recommendations,
policies, and the whole concept of bystander emergency care.
combination of MERT programs covers some important regulatory
requirements for certain industries. For example:
Basic First Aid
with CFR 1910.151 - the 'First Aid' standard
oxygen use by non-clinicians requires training as per FDA Chapter 24
"Devices - Emergency Oxygen"
with CFR 1910.1030 - the 'Bloodborne Pathogens' standard
states require some nationally accredited training program for the
use of an automated external defibrillator
would train and maintain a MERT ?
can be used in almost any industrial and/or corporate setting.
The project has several benefits, including:
- Regulatory Compliance for
the above OSHA regulations
- Reducing the potential for
liability during an on-site emergency
- Affirming the company's
concern for the safety and health of employees
- Potential increases in
morale and safety awareness
- The possibility of
positively affecting the outcome of an employee who
suddenly becomes sick and/or injured
Our most successful MERT
- A large local utility corporation
- Several Fortune 100 well
known pharmaceutical companies
- A retail giant with sites in
2 metro areas
- A corporate office for a
is involved in setting up a MERT team?
MERT is very easy to set up! We offer complete turn-key
operation for this project at Less Stress Instructional
Services. The typical process includes:
We can help you with every
phase of developing a MERT. In some industries, we've had MERT
programs off the ground in a couple of weeks. Contact us for
does a MERT team cost?
typical MERT project is relatively inexpensive to implement.
The standard MERT training is around $75.00-$80.00 per
participant. This includes the Adult CPR, Basic First Aid,
Oxygen Therapy, and Bloodborne Pathogens in a one day
Other expenses might
include various first aid supplies, an emergency oxygen kit,
and an Automated External Defibrillator. You can obtain all of
your MERT supplies though Less Stress Instructional Services
as one integrated package. You can see a list of suggested
program supplies and their prices by clicking here
retraining is required to maintain a MERT ?
most basic retraining for a MERT involves CPR/AED retraining
after 2 years, a First Aid retraining after 3 years, and a
Bloodborne Pathogens retraining yearly. We always stress
however that MERT skills are skills that require practice.
The average occupational response team will not see enough
emergencies (hopefully) to be fluent with their skills unless
they are challenged periodically with drills, exercises, and
lectures. Our most successful MERT teams have a quarterly
meeting which they use as a practice session.
We highly recommend this format. If this is too involved
for your site, our standard MERT
lease includes a yearly training
session where new trainees can be certified or the previous
trainees can be renewed.
We also have simulation software available of the internet and
on CD-ROM (PC only) for less formal refresher training on your
like to discuss the possibility of starting a MERT team - who
do I speak to?
us at (888) 277-3671 and ask about the MERT program. We would
be happy to discuss the steps involved in beginning a MERT
project in your particular setting. You can also request a
specific rate quote by clicking here