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.

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  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!

 

Repeat Training Needed for Epi Autoinjectors and Asthma Inhalers

AutoinjectorA recent study from the University of Texas shows that patients frequently do not understand how to self-administer medications with epinephrine autoinjectors and asthma inhalers – considered by most to be easy-to-use medical devices.

Contrary to opinion, this study showed only 7 percent of asthma inhaler users were able to demonstrate correct use of their device. Common errors were not realizing that a horn-type sound from the spacer indicated the inhalation was performed imperfectly and not shaking the inhaler before administering the second medication puff.

In the case of epinephrine autoinjectors only 16 percent of patients with were able to demonstrate correct use. The most common error was not holding the unit in place for at least 10 seconds after triggering. Other errors included the failure to place the needle end of the device on the thigh and failure to depress the device forcefully enough to activate the injection.

Mistakes such as these is one of the reasons Iridia provides support for first responders transitioning from an EMA-FR to an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) license level – Learn more about the EMR Program.

EMR license protocols outline the roles and responsibilities of firefighters and paramedics who respond to a medical emergency on-scene. The goal of the protocols is to quickly identify and respond to any life threatening medical emergency. Within these protocols, first responders are trained on how to use these devices correctly to support patients should they need to use an inhaler or autoinjector. 

Additionally, Iridia demonstrates proper use of these devices in our Critical Intervention Workshops, designed to review and test emergency response procedures in Non-Hospital settings such as private surgery centers, outpatient and diagnostic facilities.

It is an overlooked fact that many healthcare providers assume patients know how to use these devices. Instead, healthcare providers should take the time to understand the difficulty patients are having with these devices. Most mistakes made by users in the study would have resulted in diminished doses – impacting potentially life-saving treatment if the need arose.

“Repeated verbal instruction and, perhaps even more effective, repeated visual education, including demonstration using trainer devices, are highly recommended. Novel methods of providing this repetitive training for patients are needed,” says Dr. Bonds, author of the study.

 

Teamwork Leads to Exceptional Output

TeamworkThe importance of a dynamic team cannot be overstated as it pertains to a company’s overall success. Just look at companies that are doing well and you’ll see there is a direct correlation between the company’s success, and how employees feel about working there.

Iridia is on a mission to become one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and on our journey we are constantly thinking about how we can do things better. One of the ways we do that is listening to our employees. In staff surveys in which we asked our staff to comment about the teamwork, the culture and what they like about working here – these are the things our employees said about the Iridia team:

  • Iridia is like family; I’ve been given a lot of support from everyone on the team since I started working here
  • The Iridia team is very hard-working and expectations of staff are high, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun – there are lots of opportunities for us to get together to celebrate achievements and kick back with each other
  • Iridia is about working together with my team to make a difference in the area of health care
  • The Iridia team is friendly and people seem genuinely happy to be there
  • Iridia challenges the status quo; we are a hard-working group that retains its entrepreneurial spirit which allows us to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace
  • Successes of the team are applauded and celebrated
  • I love the support and the teamwork at Iridia; I can speak honestly and feel heard; I’m supported when I need it
  • I love that people take the time to talk to one another – to make sure everything is going alright
  • What I love about Iridia is the freedom to do my job in a supported, respectful environment

We’re not perfect, but we are working hard every day to create the kind of culture where teamwork is acknowledged, nurtured, and celebrated. And our employees agree!

Professionalism is Not an Option, It’s a Must

Professionalism ValueProfessionalism can be difficult to define because it’s about so many things. It’s not just about knowing how to do a job well, it’s about attitude, behavior, and how you present yourself and represent your company. It’s demonstrating a willingness to learn, working collaboratively with others, and living up to commitments. It’s also about avoiding the kinds of behaviors that cause trouble in the workplace, like gossip, negativity, and one-upmanship.

A professional is open to the views of others and the possibility that there might be a better way – they are not threatened by the good ideas of others. They make decisions based on the best interest of the company. They are fair and treat everyone with respect, even people they do not particularly like. Professionals evaluate their own performance, have high expectations of themselves and others and constantly strive to improve.

At Iridia, we don’t just ask for professionalism, we expect it of everyone, at every level of our business. We expect people to live up to their commitments, to treat people with respect, to be skilled at what they do, to do their work well and with enthusiasm, to give 100% to their work, and to represent our company with pride and integrity. Is it a lot to ask? Sure. Is it an option to be any other way? Not according to this core value!

Professionalism is what sets one person, one company, apart from another. We want to be known for having high expectations in this area, and for delivering to our customers and to each other, the very best of ourselves.

 

Our Medical Education Platform Expands!

Medical Education

We are excited to announce the newest update to our medical education programs: The new Learning Studio!

During the summer and fall of 2014, Iridia Medical worked on finding a dedicated space to host educational programs. The new classroom is located near our headquarters and is dedicated entirely to our educational programs. With an open classroom design and two breakout rooms for group work, we’ve created an optimal learning environment. Additionally, the space features an office for instructor privacy and a kitchen for student comforts.

The self-contained space is a great example of one of the many innovative advances our Education Department has showcased for the New Year.

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Iridia Medical provides engaging, practical emergency medical training to healthcare personnel and lay rescuers. Rooted in best practices, content is delivered by highly experienced medical professionals, who balance learner skill, knowledge, and experience.

Our courses and workshops meet and exceed all recommendations from:

Medical Education Recommendations

To provide the highest quality medical education, all of our workshops can be customized to meet your organization’s targeted educational needs and booked for private groups across British Columbia.

To view the schedule, please visit our website, www.iridiamedical.com or contact us directly to discuss the possibilities of developing a course specialized for your group and to register for any of our courses below.

 

Social Responsibility is a Measure of Success

Social Responsibility

One could argue that social responsibility is one of the most important core values an organization can have. Indeed, in the values statement itself we state our belief that profitability cannot be our only measure of success.

We are incredibly privileged to live in a part of the world where most of us never see the kind of need that is experienced in much of the rest of the world. There is an old proverb that says, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” We have indeed been given much, and we believe it’s our responsibility to give back wherever we can.

Environmentally – We ensure we’re recycling and making the best use of our resources to minimize waste. We endeavour to be fiscally responsible and we share profits with our employees at the end of each year based on the company’s profitability.

Locally – Iridia allows every staff member three paid days per year to engaged in volunteer activities. We want our employees to be invested in their communities, and encourage the giving of their time to organizations that need their help. We give to local charities in the way of sponsorships and gifts during their fundraising campaigns.

Regionally – Recently, we have decided to support a BC-based organization or charity. We asked for staff participation in suggesting projects worthy of our support and then did a survey to determine which project people were most interested in getting involved with.

Internationally – For the first time this year, Iridia partnered with Kiva.org, an organization that facilitates giving micro loans to entrepreneurs in third-world countries. These loans enable them to start businesses that will move them out of poverty and allow them to support their families and build their local economies. We’re excited to see where these business people will be a year from now, and intend on continuing to support to these kinds of endeavours in the future.

There are lots of ways to measure success and Social Responsibility, and businesses who are leaders in the marketplace make sure they pay attention to all success factors. These activities keep us ground and grateful, and what could be more important than that?