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 recently received our 4th training grant in the past 20 years from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The training will be provided by Mass MEP (Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership), starting this week. During the 8-week program our primary focus will be on making process improvements as part of our Kaizen strategy, a Japanese word meaning continuous improvement. Kaizen began shortly after WWII when a number of American experts were sent to Japan to work with Japanese business managers to develop new ways to improve quality and productivity in order to rebuild its economy. Dr. Deming, a statistician was one of the experts that was sentRead 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 →

Today is World COPD Day and also the day before Thanksgiving. MIJA would like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving and also recognize the debilitating lung disease that impacts an estimated 251 million people worldwide, COPD. For many of us, Thanksgiving is a day full of family, friends, and over-indulgence. But if you have COPD, over eating can make you very uncomfortable. A full stomach can press against your diaphragm and make breathing even more difficult. Here are a few suggestions to help make Thanksgiving a satisfying one. When possible, limit yourself to small portions of your favorite holiday treats. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly.Read More →

If your child is one of the 26 million students that ride the school bus every day, you’ll be glad to know that traveling by school bus is the safest method of motorized transportation on the American road. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Association), children are actually seven times safer riding on a school bus than they are in your family car. And while school buses are safe to ride in, accidents and fires do occur. School Bus Fires According to a 2016 study by John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, an average of 379 school bus fires happen annually, that’s 1-2 firesRead More →

Halloween

Halloween is a magical day for kids and adults alike, made up of glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried corn stalks decorating your front porch while excited children dressed in costumes excitedly running around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat for mini-candy bars. But there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns.   Here are some safety tips to help make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters and princesses this year. Before you head out, make sure any long trailing fabric is tied up so that no one trips and if your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are largeRead More →