Celebrate Iridia Day for a Chance to Win a Harbor Air Voucher!

For 77 Blog1Iridia Medical has achieved great success becoming one of the countries Fastest Growing Companies and today, on the 7th day of the 7th month, we want to honor our brand and the people behind it. We invite you to celebrate Iridia day with us, by showing us how well you know the Iridia team, you will be eligible to win a $100 Harbor Air Gift Voucher!

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First let’s start with a few things we do know

  1. Our Vancouver based headquarters is affectionately named the “Iridiaplex”
  2. Working together to Enable Peace of Mind are our four divisions; Healthcare Consulting, Remote Care Services, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Solutions and Medical Education
  3. In 2013 the company re-branded and the name Iridia was born, a variant of Iridium, the 77th element in the Periodic Table
  4. Iridia’s MMU was the first big initiative under the new brand, offering remote work camps the mobility of an ambulance with the modern day amenities of a hospital
  5. Iridia and the SCA Division are a key partner in two public access to defibrillation (PAD) programs – the BC Heart and Stroke PAD Program and the National AED Program Federal Initiative
  6. In British Columbia, Iridia Medical is the leading provider of ongoing cardiac care education
  7. Iridians are amongst 1.5 million people participating in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC)!

Now, let’s see how well you know the people behind Iridia’s success

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The highly innovative team of individuals brings a wealth of knowledge and dynamic skills to the table, but do you know who prefers their greens over grits or who hails from the land down under? To commemorate Iridia Day, we challenge you to go behind the brand and test your Iridian knowledge for a chance to win big, and we’re talking BHAG big! By answering 7 out of 7 questions correctly your name will be entered in a draw to win a $100 Harbor Air Gift Voucher!

Think you got what it takes?

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Contest Rules and Regulations

Entry limited to one per person.  Must be over 18 years of age. Contest closes in 7 days. Winner announced on July 14, 2015. Although we welcome and encourage Iridia Medical staff to participate, your ballot will not be eligible for the prize draw.

 

An Important Note Regarding Third Party AED Accessories

Cardiac Science PowerHeart AED G3 Battery

A critical part of AED ownership is ensuring the battery and electrodes are current and up-to-date.  Manufacturers of AEDs also manufacturer their own battery and pads that are approved for use with their devices.  When purchasing your replacement battery and electrodes, it is always important to know who you are purchasing these items from and if they are approved for use with your AED.  

An Important Message from Cardiac Science:

The Food and Drug Administration (Equivalent of Health Canada) extended market clearance for AED electrodes and batteries to third parties. Cardiac Science does not approve or endorse use of these third-party AED products/accessories–batteries, pads, cables, or optional equipment–with any Cardiac Sciences Powerheart® device. These third-party AED products/accessories are not Cardiac Science products or accessories.

Both the Cardiac Science AED warranty and indemnification are void when a Cardiac Science product is installed and deployed with these third-party AED accessories since the use of these third-party AED products/accessories may cause the AED to function improperly during a rescue.

Although these third-party manufacturers may claim that these products may be used in conjunction with a Cardiac Science AED, please be advised that:

  • Market clearance for these third-party AED products/accessories was secured without Cardiac Science council or approval.
  • Cardiac Science has not authorized any third party to manufacture and market its AED products/accessories.
  • Third-party AED products/accessories may not be compatible with Cardiac Science Powerheart® AED models or Rescue Ready® technology. We cannot guarantee that these third-party products have received the same rigorous testing as Cardiac Science branded products.
  • Cardiac Science does not guarantee the performance of any third-party products/accessories, or any AED utilizing them.

In order to ensure that supplies are authentic Cardiac Science products, please look for the Cardiac Science logo and their manufacturing location in Waukesha, WI, on packaging of their electrodes or batteries.

Certified accessories ensures reliability and that the device will be ready to use in a cardiac emergency. Iridia strongly recommends all AED accessories are approved by the manufacturer of your AED.  

 

Become an AED Spotting Superstar!

AEDs Everywhere - AED Spotting

When and where was the last time you saw an Automated External Defibrillator? Do you even remember? Well not to worry, it’s easy to miss something you’re not looking for. Iridia wants to change this. 

AED Spotting: AEDs Everywhere

As a company that implements public AED programs, finding AEDs is kind of exciting for us. After a trip to Japan taken by one of our employees, she found that AEDs are everywhere – train stations, shopping centres, tourist attractions, anywhere where there was a high risk of an SCA. Photos were snapped & shared and other staff began taking photos of AEDs they had spotted on their travels. Now we have over 500 AEDs spotted from around the world!

This is where AEDs Everywhere comes in – a crowdsourcing campaign to map the location of AEDs all around the world. Now it’s your turn to search for AEDs with us. When you do find one, upload your photo and location to our map and you’ll be entered to win a prize!

Click here for rankings and more:
AEDs Everywhere - AED Spotting

How to Participate

  1. Find an AED and snap a photo – You can be in it to. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination (wacky poses are welcome!)
  2. Upload the photo directly to our AEDs Everywhere map by clicking on the Add button on the top right-hand corner
  3. Win a prize, with each submission, you are entered into our two draws and we will donate $1 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation
  4. Pat yourself on the back for raising awareness of AED’s everywhere!​

Why Participate?

  • Each submission enters you into a draw!
  • For every AED Photo you submit, you have a chance to win either a $50 gift card* or an Iridia Gift Bag**
  • With every AED photo submitted, Iridia will donate $1 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.***
  • Every photo you take will help increase AED awareness, so tell your friends and family to snap AED photos when they spot one!
*The individual who submits the most AEDs from June 1 to July 31 will win the $50 gift card  **Every submitter will be entered to win an Iridia gift bag with: 4gb USB, water bottle, pen, umbrella and notebook  ***Up to a maximum of $200.00

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Good luck on way your to becoming an AED spotting superstar!

 

 

Iridia Embarks on the Global Corporate Challenge!

Global Corporate Challenge ToykoToday the Iridia team embarks on a journey, joining more than 40,000 teams on a 100-day challenge to traverse the globe. Why? To increase our physical activity levels, improve our diets and increase the quality of our sleep!

The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is an online program that engages people to help them become more active. The goal is for every participant to work up to 10,000 steps a day. To keep participants on track, the GCC provides teams with the GCC Pulse, an activity tracker that measures steps and movement and takes activity measurement to a whole new level. The Pulse uses accelerometer technology to track daily activity. Containing the latest 3D sensor it will accurately detect movement in a precise, consistent and reliable way.

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Everything counts – even things like yoga and tai chi can be measured, and swimmers and cyclists can convert their activity into steps using a pre-determined formula.

The backdrop is a journey around the world. This years’ challenge starts in Tokyo, and as each team enters their steps from the Pulse, the steps are shown on a digital map – each day, you literally walk/run/cycle your way around the world! In addition to digitally stepping your way to each new location, participants will be learning about the culture and people of each along the way.

Participants are placed in teams of seven. This year (our 3rd year with the GCC!) we have four teams participating – and even though the challenge just started, already we have friendly banter and a sense of competition taking place among our teams.

Why The Global Corporate Challenge?

Iridia encourages a culture of healthy living. Healthy snacks are provided at our office, group walks are held and nutritious lunches are provided monthly. Employees are encouraged to take part in activities that promote an active, healthy lifestyle and the GCC is a fun and engaging way to do so!

According to research by Goldbeck Recruiting Inc. in their blog for Workplace Wellness Programs, health and wellness programs benefit both employees and the organization.

Consider these facts about Canadian workers:

  • 60% spend their entire workday seated, and 56% are classified as “physically inactive”
  • 36% are overweight, and 23% are obese
  • 66% report high stress on their jobs
  • 21% are daily or regular smokers

Benefits to companies that invest in a healthy workplace:

  • Increased productivity
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Improved employee satisfaction
  • Reduced short and long-term disability payments
  • Reduced employee benefit costs
  • Lower worker’s compensation claims

While productivity and satisfaction are important to business, we’d like our employees to have some fun and become healthier in the process – the GCC is just the vehicle to do that. You can learn more about the program at www.gettheworldmoving.com.

Iridia’s employees are getting the world moving this May through September. Can we achieve 10,000 steps a day for each team member? We think we can! We’ll keep you posted as our teams move around the world and compete against 40,000 other teams around the world!

 

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?”

ehealth apps

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.