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MERT – Medical Emergency Response Team

 

The concept of MERT is to form a dedicated group of trained responders for initial emergency care within a facility or company. MERT members take specialized training that teaches the most up to date first aid and CPR techniques and how to use the latest high tech emergency equipment.

 

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What do MERT members learn?

The MERT program incorporates a number of training sessions. While MERT sessions will vary slightly from client to client, a few of the elements are standard:

 

CPR for the Professional Rescuer: MERT participants will learn one and two responder CPR. These procedures differ from the “Lay Responder”.

AED: MERT participants are taught to use an Automated External Defibrillator.

Standard First Aid Training: Basic First Aid techniques are the most commonly used of all the skills acquired by MERT members. They learn management of injuries such as bleeding control and fractures, medical emergencies such as shock and seizures, as well as heat exhaustion and poisoning.

Optional Oxygen Therapy: The MERT participant will be taught to use emergency oxygen kits if available.

Bloodborne Pathogens: This disease transmission prevention is taught for use during occupational emergencies.

 

What makes MERT better than traditional CPR/First Aid programs?

MERT training isn't much different from the regular CPR/First Aid training.  MERT members receive the same nationally recognized training certificates as our standard CPR/First Aid programs.  The difference is that MERT uses the company’s site specific deployment protocol, equipment and supplies that will be available during an emergency.  Besides teaching members to perform CPR and First Aid, we also teach them to respond to emergencies.  Participants will not just learn to bandage a patient; they will tend to the injury, document it properly, and provide information to the responding ambulance.  Members will also learn rescue breathing with oxygen if that is available.

 

Equipment

A dedicated response team requires proper tools to be effective.  You cannot have MERT members working out of the same first aid kits that workers use to treat paper cuts.  A MERT program is most effective when equipped with appropriate response gear. 

 

What is involved in setting up a MERT program?

A MERT is very easy to set up!  We offer complete program development and implementation at SafeTeach, LLC. The typical process includes:

· Planning - Deciding how your MERT will be deployed in an emergency, how much training it will require, and what equipment it will have.

· Recruiting - Finding volunteers/responders in your staff who will become MERT members

· Purchasing - Acquiring the proper supplies and equipment for your MERT

· Training - Providing your team with the proper skills to provide life-saving care to coworkers

We can help you with every phase of developing a MERT. In some cases, we've had MERT programs up and running in a couple of weeks. Contact SafeTeach for details.

 

Laws and Regulations

The combination of MERT programs covers some important regulatory requirements for certain industries. For example:

 

Adult CPR &
Basic First Aid

Complies with CFR 1910.151 - the 'First Aid' standard

Oxygen Therapy

Emergency oxygen use by non-clinicians requires training as per FDA Chapter 24 "Devices - Emergency Oxygen"

Bloodborne
Pathogens

Complies with CFR 1910.1030 - the 'Bloodborne Pathogens' standard

Automated External Defibrillation

Most states require some nationally accredited training program for the use of an automated external defibrillator

 

 

 What does a MERT program cost?

A typical MERT project is relatively inexpensive to implement.  The standard MERT training is around $75.00-$80.00 per participant.  This includes the CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid, Oxygen Therapy, and Bloodborne Pathogens usually completed in a one day training.

Other expenses include first aid supplies, an emergency oxygen kit, and an Automated External Defibrillator. You can obtain all of your MERT supplies though SafeTeach, LLC. as one package.

 

What retraining is required to maintain a MERT?

The basic retraining involves CPR/AED after 2 years, First Aid retraining after 3 years, and a Bloodborne Pathogens retraining yearly.  However, these are skills that require practice. The average response team (hopefully) will not see enough emergencies to be confident with their skills.  Therefore we suggest periodic drills, exercises, and lectures.  The most successful MERT programs have a quarterly meeting which they use as a practice session.  If you don’t require that level of commitment, we have a standard MERT training package which includes a yearly training session where new members can be certified and the current members can be renewed

 

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