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.

Medical Education at IridiaMedical Education Stats

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.