Top 10 Benefits of an EMR License

EMR License

Firefighters are often the first emergency response personnel on the scene of an emergency, but are not permitted to use certain medical devices, like an epi auto-injector.  When there are BC Ambulance Service delays or firefighters find themselves in remote rescue scenarios, it is beneficial to the patient if firefighters have the skills to assist patients to use life-saving medications. However, responding fire fighters must work within the scope of their license and within their level of training. For this reason, Iridia supports first responders transitioning from an EMA-FR to an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) license level. 

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 potential life threatening medical emergency.

Using the EMR protocols provides firefighters with better tools to attend to a patient’s needs. It allows firefighters to use additional pain relief as well as immobilization tools when responding to emergency situations.

 

Top 10 Benefits of an EMR License

  1. 80 additional hours of training which provides a greater ability to diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of illnesses   
  2. Ability to provide an effective way to relieve a patient’s pain through the use of Entonox
  3. Having basic diagnostic tools such as blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeter use covered within the EMR license level
  4. Training in patient transport and packaging techniques which exactly mirror the BC Ambulance Service
  5. Having a license level which meets national standards instead of the local FR3 license
  6. Ability to provide “symptom relief” medications such as ASA and Nitro to patients
  7. A license that does not require a re-certification course every three years
  8. Additional training on how to provide more in-depth patient charting
  9. Access to a wider range of Continuing Medical Education programs to maintain skills
  10. The ability to provider a higher level of care to patients in need

Our EMR program is just the beginning. We believe in a bright future for BC fire departments and their delivery of pre-hospital care.

 

Iridia Named One of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Vancouver-based company listed in PROFIT magazine’s 26th annual compilation of Canada’s Top 500 Growing Companies

Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Vancouver, B.C. (June 12, 2014) – PROFIT Magazine ranked Iridia Medical No. 314 on the 26th annual PROFIT 500, ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth, the PROFIT 500 profiles the country’s most successful growth companies. A joint venture between Canada’s premier business brands, the PROFIT 500 is published in the July issue of Canadian Business and online at PROFITguide.com.

“The members of the PROFIT 500 are the elite of the country’s entrepreneurial community,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Business and PROFIT. “Their stories are lessons in business strategy, innovation, management excellence and sheer tenacity.”

Since 1998, Iridia Medical has been specializing in the provision of innovative, practical solutions to enhance the delivery and quality of healthcare for Canadians. Their primary services fall into four areas: medical consulting, paramedic programs, AED programs, and medical education. With a five-year revenue growth of 159%, Iridia Medical ranked no. 314 on the 2014 PROFIT 500.

FROM OUR PRESIDENT

“Iridia Medical is proud to again be included on the PROFIT 500 – we are indeed honoured to be listed alongside so many deserving companies. Guided by our passion to Enable Piece of Mind in those who respond to medical emergencies, we are committed to improving the care provided to Canadians in their time of need.” says Vern Biccum, President of Iridia Medical.  

ABOUT IRIDIA MEDICAL

Despite being a small company, Iridia Medical has become a big player in the realm of healthcare solutions in Canada. Since 1998, Iridia Medical’s notable achievements include:

  • PARAMEDICS: Becoming one of B.C.’s largest private employers of paramedics and owner of B.C.’s first privately-owned Mobile Medical Unit, currently stationed in Northern B.C.  
  • AEDS: Installing over 1,800 AED programs across a broad spectrum of industries and becoming a key supplier for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. & Yukon’s Public Access to Defibrillation Program
  • EDUCATION: Providing certification and training of 30,000+ healthcare professionals (ACLS, PALS, CIW, etc.) and lay rescuers (BLS, AED) since 1998
  • CONSULTING: Gaining recognition as a provincial leader in physician engagement consulting services as well as providing advocacy & support for a majority of B.C.’s fire rescue departments
  • Being named as one of Business in Vancouver magazine’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in B.C. for three consecutive years – 2011 to 2013.

In working towards these goals, the Iridia Medical team benefitted from the range of knowledge represented in the broad cross-section of backgrounds and life experiences of its employees. They are a dedicated group who work together to create a dynamic and ethical workplace where diversity, challenge, and ongoing learning are a way of life.

ABOUT PROFIT AND PROFITGUIDE.COM

PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent media brand dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 32 years, Canadian entrepreneurs across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT online at PROFITguide.com.

ABOUT CANADIAN BUSINESS

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling and most-trusted business publication in the country. With a readership of more than 800,000, it is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. We provide concrete examples of business achievement, thought-provoking analysis and compelling storytelling, all in an elegant package with bold graphics and great photography. Canadian Business—what leadership looks like.

For more information, please contact:

Vern Biccum
President
Iridia Medical Inc.
vbiccum@iridiamedical.com
604.685.4747 or 1.604.404.6444
www.iridiamedical.com

 

An Advanced Care Paramedic at the Oil Patch

British Columbia Advanced Care Paramedic

I’ve worked for Iridia Medical for seven years, primarily travelling in and out of the Dilly Creek area for each rotation. In that time I’ve earned the title of “veteran,” giving me some advantages over the paramedics coming into these remote sites for the first time.

My years working in the north have taught me to pack as light as possible, the lighter the better with the airlines. You quickly learn what you can live without for 3 weeks and what absolute necessities are. Travel from the Okanagan where I live is always a new adventure. On those cloudless days I get a panoramic view of this province that only a few get to see on such a regular basis. En route I meet up with the other medics coming into the project at the various airports along the way. Arrival to camp is a two stage journey with air travel being the first and a 3+ hour drive to follow. During the drive, I am always watching for that close up view of the wildlife going about their business along the sides of the road. My favorite to date was seeing the cow moose with the triplets grazing alongside her – a rare sight at any time of the year.

Camp life is really quite nice. The camp staff know how difficult it is to be away from home working in these remote areas so many go the extra mile to have good food and a comfortable bed ready when you arrive. It’s always good to see those familiar faces when I arrive and get back into the groove of work life again. After touching base with the outgoing medic, the day ends with a quick meal and a well-deserved sleep.

The Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) at the Dilly Creek is the central point of contact for our client’s safety department for all of their North East BC operations. Mornings start with that first coffee (got to lubricate and fuel those neurons!), compiling the previous day’s patient counts and mileage reports for submission. My day is usually filled with treating patients, gathering information about current and upcoming projects, ensuring the medic team has everything they need and working with operations to keep things running as smooth as possible. Some days are busier than others but all in all the time passes fairly quickly.

Advanced Care Paramedic at the Oil Patch

Being a clinic based service in a central location affords a few luxuries that many on the medic team don’t often receive. My clinic is modestly small but well equipped and comfortable. I have excellent internet and cell service along with satellite TV. Cushy by northern standards and I count myself fortunate.

The ACP at Dilly Creek has the freedom to move around the entire lease – their scope of coverage is not limited to one site. It is a nice break to get out of the office and visit the medic team, share a coffee and see how the various projects are getting along. Our client’s medical needs and responses are diverse so the team has to be adaptable to whatever is required. From simple cuts and bruises to critical evacuation by air I am proud to say our team has done it all up here and done it very well.

Home is 21 days away and there isn’t anyone one who doesn’t look forward to that last drive out. Our treat after a successful rotation is lunch and a cold beverage at the Boston Pizza in Fort Nelson. We chew over the events of the past 3 weeks, talk about our plans for the coming time off and get that relaxed feeling you experience knowing you are going home. 

Travis Cleave
Advanced Care Paramedic with Iridia