Are you prepared? It seems like every time I turn on the news, I hear about another car catching on fire. As someone who works within the life safety industry, I feel the need to share the importance of having a fire extinguisher in your car. While it is not required on all vehicles, given the risk, drivers should consider investing in a car fire extinguisher. Only certain vehicle classes are legally required to carry fire extinguishers, but extinguishers give personal vehicle owners peace of mind and sense of preparedness. Vehicle fire statistics According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Fire Administration, firefighters responded toRead More →

oxygen Bar

For centuries, people have spent their Friday nights looking for the hottest watering hole, now many are bellying up to an oxygen bar for the chance to sniff oxygen. Is it healthy or just hype? We have become a society of shallow breathers, causing us to become oxygen deprived. Research has shown this habit of shallow breathing affects us in many ways. Some may notice an increase in fatigue, loss of concentration, and even muscle cramps, caused by our shallow breathing.  Focusing on your breathing can have a significant impact on your stress level and can create physical changes such as lowering your blood pressure.Read More →

Nurse helps patient

MIJA would like to thank and recognize all the dedicated nursing professionals who care for critically ill patients and their families. In honor of their dedication and effort, May is designated National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month. This observance is an excellent time to celebrate the amazing critical care nurses that make a difference in the lives of their patients each and every day! What is Critical Care Medicine? Critical care medicine is the specialized care of patients whose conditions and diseases are life-threatening and who require comprehensive care and constant monitoring, usually in intensive care units. Critical Care includes conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, respiratory issues, burns, gunshot wound, andRead More →

MIJA has successfully completed an 8-week Plant Layout workshop, that was lead by MassMEP as part of our continuous improvement plan. Before starting the program, there were many opinions on how to improve the layout of the production floor, but by following the Systematic Layout Planning approach we were able to come to a consensus and the results are remarkable. During the 8-week program, we learned to identify key relationships and eliminate waste, based on the flow of materials and the non-flow relationship between activity areas. We started by identifying key activity areas and documented how the materials flow between each. Then by value streamRead More →

In 2017, a survey was conducted by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Nursing Assembly Working Group and was the first to elicit patient experiences using oxygen equipment. The survey received a remarkable response from 1,926 oxygen users and revealed numerous and wide-ranging oxygen equipment problems. The survey provides insight into the anxiety and worry that plague home oxygen users’ daily lives. The results show patients key concerns include a variety of issues, including equipment function, portability, adequacy of systems to support a mobile lifestyle and most state that they have a constant concern about running out of O2. Supplemental Oxygen Solutions Although supplemental oxygen isRead More →

bus saftey

Bus transportation is regarded as one of the safest modes of public transportation and is used by millions of passengers who ride it every day for a variety of purposes. However, bus fires can start due to any number of reasons but the causes generally fall into three distinct categories: electrical, friction at the wheel level, and engine component failures. Many incidents can be prevented with quality maintenance and inspection programs. However, there are occasions where a fire occurs resulting from a collision. This event puts lives at risk and can have an enormous impact on operational costs as well as customer confidence.  MIJA’s 2N1Read More →

HealthCare

Today’s healthcare systems are undergoing extensive transformations that many of us could not have imagined 10 or 20 years ago. Between the boom in innovation and the ever-changing regulations and compliance initiatives, today’s healthcare environment is quite complex. Logistics of Healthcare Organizations Healthcare organizations are facing unprecedented change, from evolving care delivery and reimbursement models to increasing patient demands and ever-changing compliance mandates. But with the right approach, technology can help health organizations achieve significantly better patient outcomes, improve efficiency, and meet the ongoing compliance pressures. If the appropriate technology is properly integrated into an organization, it can aid in improvements across the healthcare systemRead More →

Mija Holiday

According to the USFA (United States Fire Administration), a large portion of residential fires occurs during the winter months. So, with winter weather now among us, it is important to be cautious about things that can start home fires and how we can prevent them. Cooking Cooking triggers the most winter home fires annually, partly because during winter months, we tend to cook and bake more frequently. Here are some suggestions to prevent home fires while cooking up a storm this winter. Make sure your sleeves do not come in contact with flames or heat source. Wear short sleeves or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.  Keep pot handles turnedRead More →