This year, MIJA celebrated its 45th anniversary of being in business. An impressive number of years for a small business, as only 30 percent of all small businesses last 10 or more years. MIJA was originally started in the 1970’s with the purpose to serve the fire protection industry and meet the growing demand for spiral spring Bourdon tube pressure gauges. As the need for reliable, high quality measurement devices in the medical and industrial gas markets grew, so did the need for MIJA’s spiral spring Bourdon tube gauges. MJIA’s gauge can now be found on most fire extinguisher and medical gas regulators globally. Many people do not know that the founder and CEO Jack McSheffrey is the man behind the vision, design and development of the stainless-steel spiral wound Bourdon tube that is currently the standard for excellence globally.
It is Michaela and Jack’s combined skills, knowledge, and experience that continue to inspire the MIJA team to create and produce quality products for the fire protection and medical gas markets. Jack offers over 50 years of experience in the pressure gauge industry and Michaela’s strategic planning skills are the reason behind MIJA’s growth, that providing jobs and new opportunities for the MIJA team.
If asked, Jack and Michaela will tell you that the real power of the company comes from the 400 plus years of combined experience within the production and management teams. Longevity and experience are important components of the MIJA culture. Statistics show that most companies face a 50% rate of turnover within two years, making it difficult provide consistent quality products and service to its customers. MIJA’s team is made up of skilled and experienced individuals, over 80% have been with the company for 10 or more years and have manufactured over 350 million pressure gauges for many of the world’s largest fire protection and healthcare companies.
Alarms have been in use for decades because they solve a real problem. According to a panel discussion on Clinical Alarms by the Premier Safety Institute, patient alarms are one of the most essential means by which nurses are alerted to potential dangers facing patients. Alarms have saved incalculable numbers of patients by alerting medical staff prior to a tragic and costly event.
Most medical facilities have developed processes and procedures to ensure that patients oxygen tanks are full or have enough oxygen to last a certain period of time but the fact is that accidents happen and people forget. Many guidelines tell you to change an oxygen tank once it gets to 500psi-200psi, but what does that even look like on the gauge. If you are a busy nurse, how do you know when the gauge reaches 500psi on Mrs. Smith’s oxygen tank, unless you are constantly managing the gauge on the tank and wasting valuable time?
MIJA’s Critical Alert products provide a simple solution for managing patient’s oxygen tanks. Visual and audible alarms indicate when a patient’s medical oxygen tank needs attention, providing flexibility and peace of mind to focus on patient care. A nurse’s focus should be on taking care of the patient at hand, not another patients oxygen tank status.
Approximately 75% of Critical Alert sales are to facilities that have been tagged by their state’s Department of Health and Human Services for a patient with an empty or low oxygen tank (Tag F328), or had a recent occurrence where a patient ran out of oxygen. Depending on the scope and severity of the tag, facilities have been fined anywhere from $200/ day to $5,000/ day for similar situations. The Critical Alert has proven to significantly decrease the risk that a patient will run out of oxygen, saving both lives, costly fines, and management liability.
Over the course of one’s career, most people will spend more time at work than they will in any other activity, except sleeping. But most companies still lack the “recognition-rich culture” that most employees desire.
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One thing MIJA takes seriously is their employees. Despite MIJA being a small company, they have over 400 years of experience working for the company and over 80% of the employees have been there for 15 or more years. They know that without their employees, MIJA would not be where they are today. This year, as a thank you for everyone’s hard work, MIJA designated the last Friday in July as Employee Appreciation Day. This year, MIJA’s employees enjoyed Pizza and Ice Cream.
Saturday, July 15th was National Pet Fire Safety Day. In observance of the day, we would like to share a few facts and safety tips on how to keep your furry companion safe.
Did you know? An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires and nearly 1,000 of those house fires are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets, according to a new data analysis from the NFPA.
"Not many pet owners realize that their pet can actually be the cause of a devastating fire," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Simple preventative measures, such as flameless candles and stove knob covers, can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends."
Prevent Your Pets from Starting Fires
Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
Remove Stove Knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
Invest in Flameless Candles - These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
Replace glass water bowls – Glass water bowls can heat up and start a fire if left outside on a wooden deck, so replace them with metal or plastic ones.
Leashes and Collars should be near the entrance- In the event of a fire, the dogs collar and leash should be easily accessible for quick access and when you are away, have your pets in the main living area for easy rescue.
Secure Young Pets - keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.