AED Giveaway 2017: The Martin Family Wins Our Annual Giveaway

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Our annual AED Giveaway occurred on July 7, 2017 coinciding with Iridia Day.  Leading up to the event we had people from all over Canada submit their stories and photos.  It was a tough decision, but we shortlisted four candidates who the public then voted on to determine the winner.  We were blown away by the engagement from the communities and the support that was shown!  After a week of voting, it was clear the Martin Family was the winner as they gained over 90% of the votes.

Sherri and Matt have a daughter named Tessa.  She is only nine years old and was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot.  She has dreams of becoming a professional gymnast, so her parents are worried about the stress this might cause to her heart.  Her doctors fully support the activity as it helps make Tessa healthy and strong both mentally and physically.  Having an AED with them at the gymnastics club gives them peace of mind to let their daughter pursue her dreams in a safe environment.

“She is a fighter who has been through so much and we are fighting for her to have a normal, active and fun childhood, free of adult worries,” Sherri Martin says.  “She has become quite the gymnast and is going to be monitored as they watch her competitive gymnastics journey unfold.   Her cardiologists say her gymnastics is keeping her healthy, happy and strong!  With her intense training schedule we now have the peace of mind to know she, as well as any other person around her is protected by this precious gift that you graciously donated”

Iridia Medical is touched by the Martin Family’s story and we wish Tessa the best as she continues to pursue her gymnastics dream and live her life worry-fee.

Do you know of any other families, teams or communities in need of an AED?  Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be kept up to date regarding our next AED Giveaway.

Iridia Day 2017

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Iridia Day 2017 is approaching! On July 7th, 2017 we will be celebrating our company identity, brand, mission and vision. As you may know, our name Iridia is derived from element 77 on the periodic table, Iridium. Iridium is a durable metal that connects with other metals to form alloys. It’s quite rare and is used as a standard measurement of weight. These traits exemplify our company DNA and what we achieve through enabling peace of mind for those responding to medical emergencies.

To celebrate this day, we are giving away an AED! We hope this will raise awareness surrounding Sudden Cardiac Arrests in the public and encourage individuals to be proactive about SCAs.

For more information on how to enter our contest read our previous blog post, AED Giveaway Terms & Conditions 2017 or visit our facebook page.

AED Giveaway Terms & Conditions 2017

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Agreement

To enter this contest, you must agree to these Official Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and Iridia Medical (“Iridia”) with respect to the contest.

Contest Period

  1. Entries may be submitted from 12:00pm June 7th, 2017 to 11:59pm June 28th, 2017.
  2. The winner will be notified by 5:00pm July 7th, 2017
  3. All times mentioned in these Rules are Pacific Standard Time.

Terms of Entry

  1. The contest is open to residents and businesses of  Canada only. Upon request, entrants must provide a Canadian address as proof or residency, or, if an organization, a copy of its certificate of registration or incorporation.
  2. Limit of one entry per person/organization/email domain.
  3. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win the contest.

How to Enter

  1. To enter, entrants must send an email to communications@iridiamedical.com with their story of why they would benefit from an AED, their name and contact information and Facebook/Twitter handle. Additionally, each entrant must post a picture with themselves on Twitter or Facebook with an AED, tagging Iridia Medical and using the hashtag #AEDSpotting. If entrant does not have these accounts, they may send a photo by email.
  2. Entries may be submitted to the email provided in congruence with Facebook, or Twitter for the photo part of the contest. No other means of entry will be accepted.

Winner Selection

  1. Of the submissions received, a shortlist will be created by Iridia from all candidates. One (1) winner will be selected from the shortlist through an online poll. The winner will be announced on Iridia’s website, as well as Iridia’s social media channels on July 7th, 2017.
  2. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

Winner Notification

  1. The winner will be notified by telephone or by email if contact cannot be made via telephone. Within thirty (30) days of notification of winning the Automated External Defibrillator, the winner is required to verify their identity with current and valid Government-issued photo identification or, where the winner is an organization, a copy of its certificate of registration or incorporation must be provided along with the required photo identification.
  2. The winner will forfeit the award and prize if verification cannot be, or has not been, made within the required thirty (30) day period. Iridia reserves the right to examine additional identification and may choose to accept or deny awarding the prize based on the identification presented. Upon verification of identity, the award and prize will be collected in a manner to be agreed upon by Iridia and the winner.

Prize

  1. The prize is one (1) LIFEPAK Express Automated External Defibrillator.
  2. The prize has no cash substitute.

Intellectual Property Rights

  1. By submitting an entry, each entrant represents and warrants that its submission does not, and shall not, infringe on any copyright, or any rights of privacy or publicity of any person, or any other right of any third party.
  2. By submitting any text, images, or video throughout the duration of this contest, entrants grant to Iridia and irrevocable, perpetual, and royalty-free right to use, reproduce, edit, display, transmit, prepare derivative works of, modify, publish, and otherwise make use of the submitted work or other information in any and all media, whether now known or hereinafter created, throughout the world and for any purpose. This right to use is granted free and clear of any claims or encumbrances to post, display, or otherwise make publicly available any work submitted by the entrant.

Waiver of Liability and Agreement to Indemnify

By entering this contest, each entrant hereby releases and holds harmless Iridia, and its employees, officers, directors, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively “Released Parties”) from any liability, claim or damage (including but not limited to personal injury, death, property damage and loss or damage of any other kind) arising directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from or in connection with this contest or participation in any contest-related activities, or any use, collection, storage and disclosure of personal information or, if declared a winner, any prizes (including any use or misuse of any prizes). Each entrant will hold all of the Released Parties harmless in the event the entrant has departed from or not fully complied with any of the Official Rules. This release and indemnity shall continue in force following the termination of the contest and/or the awarding of the prize.

Additional Rules

  1. The conduct of the contest is governed by the applicable laws of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, which take precedence over any rule to the contrary herein. Iridia shall follow the applicable laws for conducting contests as governed by the Competition Act.
  2. Iridia reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.
  3. Iridia reserves the right to publish the names, and if available, any logos associated with the winner.
  4. The contest winner agrees to a picture opportunity with the Iridia staff. Iridia reserves the right to use this picture, in all promotional and marketing materials including print and online media.
  5. With the exception of the entrant’s name, any names contained within a submission may be changed to protect the privacy of the individuals identified therein.
  6. Any false information provided within the context of the contest by any entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of rights or non-compliance with these Official Rules may result in the immediate elimination of the entrant from the contest. Iridia reserves the right to disqualify any entry that it believes in its sole and unfettered discretion infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party, gained unfair advantage in participating in the contest, or obtained winner status using fraudulent means, or otherwise does not comply with these Official Rules, or violates applicable law.
  7. Iridia is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries; server unavailability; or computer or any other electronic or telecommunications malfunction.
  8. All decisions made by Iridia are final.
  9. Iridia may waive any of the terms of these Official Rules in its sole discretion.

 

Nasal Naloxone FAQ

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Why Sell the Kits Online?

We elected to sell the kit online with the goal of removing existing barriers for those wanting access to Naloxone. The kits are offered for sale through a simple online shopping cart. No hassles, no probing questions. We simply want everyone to have access to this potentially life-saving tool.

Why Nasal?

The biggest reason for using nasal delivery is that it eliminates anxiety on the part of the rescuer thanks to the absence of needles.  By removing anxiety, the hope is that more people will be comfortable responding to people in need.

Also, without needles involved, needle injury is eliminated as a possibility and no additional needles are introduced into the community.

Is Nasal as effective as Intramuscular (IM) Needle-Based Delivery?

Several studies show that nasal naloxone is as effective as IM delivery, a factor contributing to the US FDA’s approval of Narcan for sale in the US and Health Canada’s similar decision.

Who are the Nasal Naloxone Kits for?

Given its ease of use, Nasal Naloxone is usable by  everyone. Whether you are a concerned parent, a friend of a user, or struggling with addiction yourself, having the  nasal kits available offers a tool for use in an opioid emergency.

What if the person is not breathing?

It is a common misconception that a patient has to be breathing in order for nasal medications such as Nasal Naloxone to work. In fact, the nose has a rich blood supply that allows medications to enter the bloodstream directly through the nasal mucosa (the lining of the nasal cavity). Medications, such as Nasal Naloxone, are administered in the form of a mist and begin to enter the bloodstream immediately upon contact with the nasal mucosa. Thus, Nasal Naloxone can effectively reverse the effects of an opioid overdose regardless of whether or not a patient is breathing.

Where should I place this kit?

The kit is designed to be compact and discrete. The kit can be placed in any easily accessible location that is comfortable for you. This could be a purse or backpack, a common household area, office space or public venue. We do suggest avoiding placing the kit in a car or outside as the recommended storing temperature is between 15°C and 25°C.

Why are the Nasal Naloxone kits $200 each?

Our kits are more expensive than other kits available due to the inclusion of Nasal Naloxone.  We use the Narcan brand of Naloxone, and its manufacturer, Adapt, has set a notably more expensive price to reflect that the nasal delivery system is more sophisticated when compared to the liquid form of the drug.

While more expensive, we feel that the benefits of our kits (easier to use, no risk of needle injury, no needles introduced into the community) outweigh the additional costs.

Is Nasal Naloxone Easy to Use?

Yes, please see below to learn how.

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If I buy a kit, will my personal information be kept confidential?

Yes. Iridia guarantees full anonymity with every order of Nasal Naloxone. We will never disclose personal or transactional information associated with a purchase.

 

If you have any further questions please feel free to send an email to kits@iridiamedical.com.

 

Iridia in the Community 2016 – Part 3

The holiday season is upon us and, amoungst the hustle and bustle, a group of Iridians ventured out to give back to both their local and international community. Check out how they made a difference:

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This holiday season, our Iridia in the Community group chose to support Soup Sisters. Soup Sisters is a not-for-profit, charitable, social enterprise that was founded in 2009 by local Calgarian, Sharon Hapton, who had the simple belief in the power of soup to provide care and warmth for two of society’s most prevalent issues: domestic abuse and youth homelessness.

Thousands of people come across Canada to make, share, and donate over 10,000 servings of fresh and delicious soup for women, children, and youth each month. On December 2nd, we joined this initiative by taking part in one of the many Soup Sisters events offered throughout Vancouver.

We came together with other like-minded volunteers to make soup for Margaret’s Housing for Older Woman. It was a very inspirational evening because we were making soup for women who are 55 years old or older, have suffered domestic violence, and have limited income. So, this resident housing for these women really look forward to this soup.

Our soup not only helps these women financially, but also provides a healthy and nutritious meal. Our team made 27L of turkey meatball soup, contributing to 159L of soup in total to Margaret’s Housing.

One of the most exciting things about Soup Sisters and the evening that we spent together was to really hear the stories about how all the women were very excited about the soup that we made and, in particular, the turkey meatball soup was a big popular one. So that was really refreshing. It was also really neat to be able to write the customized messages on the labels for the soup, knowing that when they went to get it, they would actually read it and maybe feel a little bit of warmth as it came from us to them. So, really exciting night at Soup Sisters.

But then our team also got together and wanted to challenge ourselves and look at how we could define community another way. So that was our local community contribution, but we thought we’d look internationally as well. So, we challenged a few firms that are friends of ours and we asked them if they wanted to join us in supporting Playground Builders. They are an organization co-founded by Kirby Brown who I met at Creative Mornings and they do a really great job of building playgrounds for children in places like Afghanistan and Gaza. The opportunity to play is something that many of us really just take for granted; it’s such a part of growing up and these kids don’t have that opportunity. We wanted to help change that a little bit.

So we reached out and we challenged a few of our friend companies: Blackbridge Search Partners, White Rock U-Lock Storage, and Limulus and we wanted to see if they wanted to join us in supporting Playgournd Builders. And very happy to say that they did. They really bought in to what we were doing and they all contributed in kind. And we were able to make a donation that will help see at least a few more smiles on kids in some of these countries abroad.

And lastly I would just say like, hey take advantage of this as an impetus to see what you can do in your community. Small contributions, in this case $100 apiece, a little bit of time, are all that it took to take meaningfully make a difference in the lives of some people. I hope that you were inspired by this and that you look to do something in your own community, however it is that you define community. Thanks!


To see how other groups decided to make a difference, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our Iridia in the Community initiative!

Zika Virus Update – December 15, 2016

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In mid-November, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the Zika virus will no longer be treated as an international medical emergency. This statement was not a downgrade in the importance of Zika, but served as an acknowledgement that a long-term program is needed and that the search for a vaccine continues. In fact, they stressed that the mosquito-borne virus may rear its head again down the line.

Here in Canada, the risk of the Zika virus spreading locally continues to be negligible. To date, there have been:

  • two locally acquired cases of the virus through sexual transmission,
  • two maternal-to-fetal transmission cases, and
  • 382 travel-related Zika virus cases in Canada.

Planning a trip? Stay tuned to travel health notices when making your travel plans. The Public Health Agency of Canada currently recommends that pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy continue to avoid travel to countries or areas of the United States with reported mosquito-borne Zika virus. If you are planning on travelling to such an area, ensure you protect yourself from mosquito bites.

On the research side of things, both the search for a vaccine and study of the virus is ongoing. Recently, CDC researchers have found evidence that the Zika virus can make thousands of copies of itself in fetuses’ brains and in the placentas of pregnant women, which may help explain how the virus causes devastating birth defects and pregnancy losses. This is the first time that we’ve seen the Zika virus’s RNA (genetic material) replicating in brain tissues of infants with microcephaly.

Source: WHO, CDC, Public Health Agency of Canada, and Forbes

As the Zika virus is no longer considered an international medical emergency, updates will be given on an as-needed basis through our social media channels. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay up-to-date and, as always, we’re happy to address any questions you may have!

Iridia in the Community 2016 – Part 2

Remembrance Day has has passed a couple weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop reflecting and honouring the sacrifices that veterans have made to protect us. Our second group of Iridians spent their time and resources to raise awareness to these heroes. Take a look at the video below to see how they made a difference:

Transcript:

When we asked Canadians about what they think of when they think about our Canadian troops, many pictured an image of a soldier in uniform, like an Air Force pilot or navy officer. However, many overlook the transition our veterans are going through from an active military career to a healthy, stable civilian lifestyle. This transition can be challenging as they can struggle with unemployment and coping with their physical and/or mental illnesses.

Our veterans have given the entirety of their lives to protect our country, our freedom, and our values. But when they come back, they struggle with many things that we take for granted:

  • Many veterans struggle with physical and mental illnesses.
  • Many veterans have difficulty finding steady jobs afterward.
  • Some veterans can end up losing their families and their homes.

Our veterans once fought for us. Iridia chooses to fight for them.

With our Iridia in the Community project, we have donated our funds to the Royal Legion of Canada and received poppy pins. Then, we took the poppy pins, shared these pins in advance of Remembrance Day, and encouraged conversations as to why we should honour our Canadian veterans. We can continuously show our support to organizations like the Royal Canadian Legion and Vets Canada by volunteering our time and showing financial support through donations. Also, you can share this video to your friends, family, and people around you so that we can raise awareness and start a conversation about veterans around us.

Together, let’s fight for those who have fought for us.


To see how other groups decided to make a difference, check out Part 1 and Part 3 of our Iridia in the Community initiative!

Iridia in the Community 2016 – Part 1

After a weekend, or in some cases an entire week, of shopping deals, Giving Tuesday is a day to step back and consider how our thankfulness can flow outward to those in need. With so many causes to stand up for, Iridia is launching our 3rd annual Iridia in the Community initiative. This initiative highlights our value of social responsibility by enabling employees to find ways to give back to their community.

This year, we’ve divided Iridians into three groups and challenged them to give back to their communities in a way that is meaningful to them. Take a look at the video below to see what one group is fighting for.

Transcript:

You and I may have to decide between pasta and rice for dinner. But hundreds of thousands of Canadians are faced with a much harder decision: groceries or rent. Poverty brings over 850,000 Canadians each year to food banks in order satisfy one of their most basic needs: safe, good-quality nutritious foods. And, 36% of these people are children and youth.

This year, as part of our Iridia in the Community, we chose to combat hunger. In Fort St. John, we donated $100 worth of gift certificates to the Women’s Resource Centre for their food bank.

In Vancouver, we will be volunteering at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and have started a virtual food bank fundraiser. For every $1 donated, the food bank will be able to buy up to $3 worth of food. Join us in this fight against hunger by donating to your local food bank or by helping us hit our $500 goal. If you donate food, please ensure that it matches your food bank’s needs. Contact your local food bank and see how they could use your support.

Spread the word and raise awareness as to how you can help this holiday season. Talk about it. Share this video. Together, we hope to make a difference.


To see how other groups decided to make a difference, check out Part 2 and Part 3 of our Iridia in the Community initiative!

Zika Virus Updates – September 15, 2016

2016-09-15-zika-virus-updatesIt has been a whirlwind of news when it comes to the Zika virus over this last month and we’ve compiled the top and most relevant points for you here.

  • To date, there are 2 locally acquired Zika cases through sexual transmission, 2 maternal-to-fetal transmission cases, and 250 travel-related cases in Canada (+45 since last report). The virus is currently not actively transmitting in Canada and is not expected to, due to the unlikeliness of Aedes mosquitoes surviving in Canada.
  • A Zika outbreak occurred in Singapore in late August and has since surged to over 300 confirmed cases. The CDC has issued a travel advisory to practice enhanced precautions when travelling to this country.
  • A new study from Rockefeller University found that the Zika virus can also affect adult brain cells in mice, suggesting the potential for Zika to hold long-term neurological implications for adult humans.
  • New research data has shown that traces of Zika virus can be retained up to a week longer in urine than in blood. As a result, the CDC has recommended that doctors conduct urine tests when checking patients who show Zika infection symptoms.

With Zika transmission actively occuring in 58 countries and territories, check the CDC travel advisory for the latest information if you are looking to travel to one of them.

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Source: WHO, CDC, Public Health Agency of Canada, and Forbes

As always, we’re here to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the Zika Virus. Feel free to leave us a comment below!

Zika Virus Updates – August 16, 2016

Zika Virus Updates - August 16, 2016The biggest Zika news of the month is no doubt the landing of local transmission in the continental US. What does that mean for Canada? As we do every month, we’ve compiled a list of pertinent updates for you below.

Updated as of August 15, 2016

  • To date, Canada has seen two locally acquired cases of Zika infection through sexual transmission, two maternal-to-fetal cases of transmission, and 205 travel-related cases (+62 since last month). However, there are no documented cases of Zika infections in Canada from local mosquitoes.
  • The United States has reported its first cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in the continental US. This currently only affects a limited area in South Florida.
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada has increased travel levels of risk related to Zika Virus from Level 1 to Level 2.
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    As of August 12, 2016, travelers should exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, South America, Southeast Asia, Ocean Pacific Islands, and limited areas in North America and West Africa. For more details about travel risks and travel health notices, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Source: WHO, CDC, and the Public Health Agency of Canada

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