Swipe Here to Improve Your eHealth

ehealthDr. Kendall Ho is an emergency room physician at Vancouver General Hospital and he’s swapping his scalpel for his smartphone to lead BC’s eHealth Strategy Office.

The eHealth Strategy Office carries out research, community engagement and educational activities to explore how modern information and communication technologies such as smartphones, can improve health care. One area of focus is smartphone health apps.

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To help you find the right app, Dr. Ho has launched the “Health-e-Apps” project in hopes that smartphone users will try new health apps. Dr. Ho has also created a series of video clips where various health and wellness apps will be reviewed by a medical doctor.

From the Health-e-Apps website:

“With more than 40,000 mobile health and wellness apps for your smart phone at your fingertips, knowing which one to download can be a challenge. Many apps out there lack clinical evidence. You already trust your doctor to give you evidence-based health advice, so why not trust a doctor to tell you what health app is right for you?”

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During their exploration of digital technologies, the eHealth Office has embraced social media sites like Twitter and YouTube to crowdsource feedback and get suggestions from its users on their favourite apps.

“We are looking at introducing these apps on a regular basis so that we have a video, a short video, one-and-a-half to two minutes or so, just to quickly introduce that app and how it can be used,” said Ho. “We really want the readers and people who go there to actually look at the app, try it and let me know, let us know, how that app is helping you. This way we can learn together on how to best use these apps.”

With this project well underway, Dr. Ho has already selected a few apps for us to try; one is the Sleep Time App, by Azumio. This app eliminates the blaring alarm clock that shocks you out of a deep sleep. Instead, the app monitors your sleep and nudges you out of your dream world before it’s time to wake up. You leave your phone by your pillow and the app detects your body movements, from light sleep to when you are dreaming and only your eyeballs are moving.

Sleep Time

We do love our smartphone apps here at Iridia, whether it’s to control our computers, check our email, or meet on the fly, they are tools we can’t live without. It will be interesting to see what Dr. Ho brings us on the health app front and how we can incorporate them into our daily lives.

Do you have any health apps that you can’t live without? Let Dr. Ho and his team know on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eHealthStrategy

 

Why Did We Create Anna’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Video?

To Celebrate a Life Saved

Today, Anna has a second chance at life thanks to the quick thinking of a few individuals and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). We worked with Anna to share her story as we passionately believe that the world needs to know about people like Anna who have survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

To Draw Attention to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Anna is not alone in having had an SCA. Latest statistics suggest that 40,000 Canadians die annually from this electrical malfunction of the heart. SCAs do not discriminate – they can happen to anyone at any time, and without warning.

To Focus on a Solution

The only way to treat an SCA is to deliver a shock by way of an Automated External Defibrillator. The biggest challenge is one of timing. For every 1 minute delay in delivering a shock, the survival rate decreases by 7% to 10% (Larsen et al, 1993).

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor

So, How Do We Work Toward Fewer Deaths Due to SCA?

In the simplest terms, we need more AEDs, greater access to them, and more awareness about their location and use.

AED Availability
SCAs can happen anywhere. With this mind, we need more AEDs in the places that we frequent. If someone is to be shocked within minutes, an AED must always be nearby. Airports have been early adopters of AED technology and have save stories to show for it, which is great. But we need them in more hotels, restaurants, golf courses, schools, community centres, and other areas that people gather.

AED Accessibility
Having more AEDs out there is the first step, but this will only make a difference if the AEDs can be found and accessed. These life-saving devices must be well signed, and reachable by as many people as possible. An AED hidden away in a back office is far less useful than one on prominent display.

As you move through your daily life, keep an eye out for AEDs. Where does a good job of providing accessible AEDs? Who could use some help?

AED Awareness
An increased prevalence of accessible AEDs will certainly make a difference, but increasing awareness about them will take things to another level. The more we know about how easy it is to use an AED, the better the survival outcomes will be.

Workplace programs should ensure that all staff are trained properly, and as responsible members of society, we should all do our part to ensure we are trained on AED use.

Help Us Spread the Word

Every day in Canada, people suffer SCAs and we’d like to see every one of them end with a story like Anna’s.

With this in mind, we’ve created this video.

By sharing it with friends and family, you will be helping us spread the word about SCA and increased survival rates through AED and CPR use.

We thank you in advance. To share the video, click one of the links below:

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Canadian PAD Programs Offering Free AEDs and Training!

Free AEDs - BC PAD and National PADCommunities and facilities throughout Canada have the opportunity to receive free AEDs and CPR/AED training through the BC and National PAD Programs.  Iridia would like to raise awareness that these AEDs and training are available through a simple application process.  With the public’s help, we can communicate theseopportunities to communities and facilities that meet the criteria – please spread the word. An increase in AED placements will lead to an increase in lives saved across the country.

Please see the BC PAD Program and the National PAD Program summaries, criteria and application process:

Heart and Stroke BC PAD Program

Program Summary

Since 2013, The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) of BC has been placing free AEDs in areas they identified as priority locations for AEDs.  To date, 264 AEDs have been placed and 3 lives have been saved.

  • The HSF has a goal of placing 450 AEDs
  • The HSF has recently opened up the application process to additional sites

Program Criteria

  • Locations must be open to the public where large numbers of people gather and/or where there may be a delay in accessing emergency services
  • Very small communities that have one central meeting area in town
  • Not-for-profits that perform outreach to large groups of people
  • Senior centres
  • Churches that have a community building attached
  • HUB Schools (host after school programs, rent out the location)
  • Recreation centres
  • Swimming pools / aquatic centres
  • Community centres
  • Public libraries
  • Busy playing fields 
  • Parks and beaches

Application process

  • If a facility/community location meets the above criteria, they will need to complete the application and email it to the BC PAD Program Manager for review/approval
  • Each application asks that the facility provide a letter from the community supporting the site to have an AED installed
  • To learn more about the program, please visit the BC PAD Program Website

Heart and Stroke National PAD Program

Program Summary

Since 2013, The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) of Canada has been placing free AEDs in rinks and arenas all across Canada.  The end goal is to have an AED in every rink and arena from coast to coast. To date, the program has placed 1,773 AEDs in rinks and arenas across Canada. The end goals is to place 8,000 AEDs across Canada.

  • The HSF is still accepting applications from rinks and arenas that do not have an AED
  • The HSF has recently opened the application process up to facilities that are not rinks or arenas

Program Criteria (For non-rinks/arenas)

  • Locations must not have an AED to be considered for a free AED and training
  • Facilities that permit public to use their premises, services or equipment for exercise, fitness training, bodybuilding or similar purposes and where at least 20 hours of indoor/outdoor physical activity programs are held in the majority of weeks in a year. This includes:
    • martial arts facilities
    • dance studios
    • wellness centres
    • curling rinks
    • and similar facilities
  • Special consideration will be given to isolated and remote First Nations, Métis and Inuit community locations, which may include community centres, medical transport, fire departments and central meeting locations

Application process

Thank you in advance for sharing these details with your friends, your communities and facilities that meet the criteria laid out by both programs. Together we can help enable peace of mind. If you have any questions, we’d be more than happy to help – simply contact our AED department at:

 

Announcing the LIFEPAK 500 AED Trade-in Program

LIFEPAK 500 Trade-In

WHY THIS PROMOTION?

  • All LIFEPAK 500s are currently out of warranty and Physio-Control discontinued Technical Service Support (parts and repair) on January 31, 2015
  • It is time for customers to upgrade all LIFEPAK 500s to new AEDs that are currently under manufacture warranty and are supported for Technical Service Support

LIFEPAK 500 PROMOTION DETAILS:

Customers who trade-in their LIFEPAK 500 AED will receive a $250 trade-in rebate when they purchase a Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus AED or a LIFEPAK 1000 AED as an upgrade. This manufacturer promotion is time sensitive. The LIFEPAK 500 Trade-In Program ends on Friday, April 24, 2015.

To learn more about this limited time promotion, receive a quote or to place an order, please contact Iridia’s AED Sales Department at the following:

 

Iridia and London Drugs: Our First in Store Event for Heart Month

London Drugs AED CPR EventAs you may know, the month of February was Heart Month. Heart Month is an initiative from the Heart and Stroke Association focused on raising awareness for issues relating to the heart. This month is important to us and we wanted to find a unique way to raise awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). London Drugs  has been a long-term partner of ours and we came together to show people how easy it is to save a life if someone is suffering an SCA.

Do You Have a Minute to Save a Life?

The premise of our event was to focus on how simple it was to use a defibrillator and the importance of practicing CPR to ensure it is correctly applied. On February 27th, we set up a booth at the front of the Park Royal London Drugs location, in order to engage with shoppers. The booth featured the Chain of Survival, a process commonly used to describe the steps to take when someone suffers a SCA.

Chain of Survival 2015

The Chain of Survival features four steps important in saving a life. Early Access focuses on ensuring that emergency services are called immediately after the situation is witnessed. Following this, CPR must be applied, Early CPR is critical to increasing survival rates. During the event, we had the Ambu Smartman on site to demonstrate to people that high quality CPR was very important to saving someone’s life. We had many people try out the Smartman, with some scores as high as 80%!

The next step in the chain is Early Defibrillation, for this, we had a training Automated External Defibrillator with us and encouraged individuals to apply the AED only following the instructions. Many people found the AED to be easy to use and felt assured knowing it guides them through the entire process. Finally once you’ve applied the AED, emergency medical services will be there. The final step, Early Advanced Care ensures that professional assistance is on location as soon as possible.

A Successful Event at London Drugs

We spent about 4 hours at the booth in London Drugs and provided guidance to around 30-40 individuals. Everyone had different questions, most of which were related to how to provide effective CPR and AED use. We had a great time working together with London Drugs to make the event happen. The event was a great success and we look forward to hosting other activities in the future.

 

Do You Have a Minute to Save a Life?

If you had one minute to learn how to save someone’s life, would you take that opportunity? 

Iridia is excited to announce that we’re teaming up with London Drugs to deliver an in-store “Save a Life” awareness campaign at London Drugs West Vancouver. At the event, participants will be able to test their CPR skills and learn how to correctly apply an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The goal is to raise awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and help individuals better understand the steps involved when responding to an SCA.Chain of Survival - CPR Awareness

SCA is one of the leading causes of death in North America, with over 40,000 deaths in Canada annually. Many people do not know that a lifesaving device called an Automated External Defibrillator can greatly increase the chances of survival by up to 70% when used correctly. On average, every 1 minute delay in defibrillation will reduce survival rates by 7% to 10%. The sooner an individual responds to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the higher the chances of survival.

We’ve partnered with London Drugs because they’re a pioneer when it comes to implementing a workplace AED program. London Drugs was the first major retailer in Canada to put AEDs into all of their stores and they have trained over 1,000 employees in CPR and the use of an AED. Each London Drugs store has an AED located in the pharmacy and the front door of every store has a window sticker indicating that the location is equipped with an AED.

Event Details:LD Event

We hope you’ll join Iridia and London Drugs in understanding the importance of knowing the steps required to save a life if someone suffers a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

 

UBC AED Program Launches with 81 Defibrillators

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival RatesIn Canada, 35,000 to 45,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year. Unlike a heart attack, which is caused by a blockage in an artery, SCA results from an electrical malfunction of the heart. The only effective treatment is a shock by an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Recognizing the link between increased survival rates in SCA victims and the prompt use of a defibrillator, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has recommended that all Canadians:

  • have widespread access to automated external defibrillators
  • be trained and encouraged to apply CPR and AED skills when needed

The UBC AED Program

When applied to the workplace, these recommendations entail implementing a program that makes AEDs readily available and ensuring that staff are well-prepared to use them when necessary. For these reasons, we’re pleased to have partnered with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to implement their campus-wide public access to defibrillation AED program.

Since 2004, Iridia has worked with UBC on a variety of initiatives including AED fulfilment and accessory replacement, ACLS training for the Department of Dentistry and PALS training for the Department of Anesthesiology. Drawing from our experience in having placed over 3,000 AEDs, we’ve helped UBC create an AED program consisting of three indispensable components:

  1. The AED devices, accessories and servicing

A total of 81 LIFEPAK CR PLUS AEDs (with accessories) are being installed for the UBC AED Program and will be placed in cabinets throughout the campus. The LIFEPAK CR PLUS AED was chosen for the program because it’s easy to use and maintain. Benefits of the LIFEPAK CR PLUS include:

  • Ready to use out of the box
  • Ease of use, simply open the lid, place electrodes and the LIFEPAK will do the rest
  • Increased chance of survival by automatically escalating energy as needed
  • Easy transition to EMS teams who also use LIFEPAK AEDs
  • Automated self-tests ensuring the device is ready to use
  1. Initial and ongoing training

Managing a cardiac arrest involves more than merely “pushing the button” on an AED. Respondents must be able to recognize an arrest, perform CPR, use a defibrillator properly and understand each link in the chain of survival. A number of UBC staff/faculty will receive an AED orientation and AED/CPR training over the coming months.

Chain of Survival 2015

  1. Program Management

Iridia’s customized UBC AED Program is designed to maximize the value of the AEDs placed around the UBC campus. Our program consists of the following components:

  • Integrating AEDs into an emergency response plan
  • AEDs registered and databased at Iridia
  • Liaising with local EMS providers
  • AED Troubleshooting and servicing
  • Post-incident support
  • Physician consultation

UBC is a great example of a public access AED program for the campus and local community. “Iridia Medical is thrilled to be partnering with UBC on the delivery of their fully-comprehensive, campus-wide AED Program.  Their industry-leading program will  position them for the best possible outcome should anyone on campus suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” – Julie Turley, AED Programs Manager, Iridia Medical.

Since 1998, Iridia has overseen the training and certification of over 10,000 lay rescuers in the use of AEDs. We currently provide medical direction to over 300 clients including 125+ fire rescue services.

 

Innovation is the Future

Innovation Value

We’re big on innovation at Iridia. In fact, it’s so important we’ve built it right in to our annual performance evaluations. That’s right, along with teamwork, quality and many of the other performance indicators you would find on a typical review, we’ve added innovation as a performance criteria.

That means when managers sit down with employees to talk about their year, one of the things they review is what efforts the employee made to innovate in their role at Iridia. Did they bring new ideas to the table? Did they implement something that made them more efficient or effective? Did they find ways to use technology to improve productivity or performance? Were they able to look at a problem or challenge and come up with an innovative solution?

Innovation is part of the DNA at Iridia. We talk about it all the time. For the past four years, we have held a monthly “Innovation Corner.” Each month someone brings an innovative idea to share with the group.

 

Here’s a sampling of some of the services / ideas that have been shared over the years:

As with lifelong learning, we talked about the importance of continued learning because it changes the way we think, feel, and behave. So it is with innovation. As the world changes rapidly, we must constantly be thinking of new ways to improve our productivity, better serve our clients, manage our resources (both capital and human), and solve problems.

“Innovate or die” is the battle cry of modern business, and Iridia is making innovation part of its life blood in order to stay healthy and vibrant in these changing times.

 

Elements Update – Introducing the eCard

Iridia Elements - Medical Education

As a responsible member of a global community, we’re also committed to corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability which is why we are so excited to share the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s move to greener sustainability with the launch of eCard!

As of February 18, 2015 successful students of any Heart & Stroke Foundation program (eg: ACLS or PALS)  will receive their completion certificate via eCard. After course completion students will receive an email with information to access their digital proof of course completion, removing the need to distribute a physical completion card by mail.

During the implementation phase students will continue to have the option to receive a physical copy of their certification, free of charge, if indicated in advance of your course date. In order to help facilitate the transition Iridia will offer the option to receive either a digital certificate (eCard) or a physical completion card when you register for a course on our website.

The second phase-in period will commence in May of 2015 when a dispensary fee will be associated with the request of a Heart & Stroke Completion Card. eCards will remain free of charge and is the promoted choice for course participants. Both options will remain available on our website when registering for a course.

FAQs pertaining to eCards have been posted on the Heart and Stroke resuscitation portal however we are happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns.

We look forward to continuing our support with the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the public in sharing the “Go Green” spirit! Stay tuned for updates in the next coming weeks.

 

Heart Month 2015, Spread the Word!

Heart Month 2015It is a little known fact that heart disease and stroke take one life every 7 minutes and, astonishingly, 90 percent of Canadians have at least one risk factor.

With obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes on the rise, it is expected that the incidence of heart disease and stroke will swell in upcoming generations. Lifestyle changes have led to sedentary work environments, poor diets, high sodium intake and increased stress which all contribute to heart disease. We are facing what the Heart and Stroke Foundation calls the “perfect storm.”

Heart Disease Facts 

  • Everyday, heart disease and stroke lead to nearly 1,000 hospital visits.
  • Heart disease and stroke rob Canadians of nearly 250,000 potential years of life
  • Heart disease and stroke kills more women than men, a fact that many women may not realize.
  • Today, less than 10% of children meet recommended physical activity guidelines and less than half eat the recommended fruit and vegetables for optimum health.

Heart Month 2015

Today, you can make a difference by celebrating Heart Month 2015 and eliminate preventable heart disease. For over 60 years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has organized Heart Month, one of the largest fundraising campaigns in Canada in the battle against these two killers.

Heart Month brings together tens of thousands of Canadians who volunteer and donate to raise funds for this worthy cause – funds which will help support life-saving research and the raising of awareness of heart disease and stroke within the community. Learn how you can participate and join the Heart Month Community.

As heart disease is an issue that is very personal to us, Iridia will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase of AED’s, AED accessories or workshops to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. We value and appreciate the hard work the Heart and Stroke Foundation is doing and we are thankful to have them as a partner against heart disease.

Additionally, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be teaming up with London Drugs this Heart Month to deliver a series of in-store CPR/AED awareness events. More news to follow, but you can expect to see the Iridia team at your local London Drugs store in the coming weeks. Learn more about London Drugs and their commitment to public health and safety here.

In recognition of Heart Month 2015, Iridia is offering 10% off all AEDs in February. For more information, please contact AED Sales at 1-888-404-6444.

Heart Month 2015

It is an uphill battle against heart disease and stroke, but it’s a battle we can win – help us and spread the word!