We celebrate Iridia Day on July 7th as it relates to the 77th element on the periodic table, Iridium. Iridium is an incredibly important element for us since it’s highly durable much like we’ve weathered changing market landscapes and economic slowdowns. It’s an alloy that connects metals like we engage and form connections between our different stakeholders. Additionally, it is rare like we are a rare collection of workers with varying expertise.
Iridia Day is an opportunity to come together and commemorate the aspects that make us unique as well as to give back to our consumers. In an effort to recognize our clients on this special day for us, we will be having two special promotions!
Firstly, we will be offering a one-day flash sale on July 8th on all of our AEDs! To celebrate Iridium, there will be a discount of $231 (77×3) on all of the AEDs purchased on this day.
Please contact us at email@example.com or 888.404.6444 x 209 to get yours!
Secondly, we will be doing a draw for a free “Elvis for a Day”!* Get the chance to strengthen your team, inspire their confidence, and make them more comfortable with saving a life with none other than Iridia’s very own SmartMan, Elvis! Normally, a $300 value but you have the chance to win him by filling in this form here: https://forms.gle/i4TdGxij5TYQ6h296
The winner will be contacted on July 8th at 12!
Best of luck!
*Winner will incur costs associated with shipping for “Elvis for a Day”
In the conclusion of our last post, we learned that RVs do not offer the best solution for I-MIS units in the future. Thus, when two not-for-profit groups from Calgary and Grande Prairie showed interest in the I-MIS concept, we knew where to begin; from the ground up.
The biggest issue we faced with our RVs was that they had been designed for recreational use instead of the high demand that they were experiencing at our first two locations. Going forward, we needed to decide on a vehicle to utilize as a foundation:
• To be robust enough to survive the high frequency of usage
• To be adept in colder climates
• To have sufficient storage for staff to store personal belongings and medical supplies
A partner of ours in the building process recommended that we use a Ford F-53 Chassis for the infrastructure. These are what are used for delivery services such as FedEx and UPS, so they’re known to be tough. We also used an experienced builder to ensure the units were well insulated and contained capable heating and air-conditioning systems for climates ranging from -/+30°. For our staff, we added a safe and built-in shelving for their valuables.
This is the layout for our new I-MIS units:
In April, the Grande Prairie I-MIS unit (#3) was launched and has seen a total of 692 visits. In its first month of operation, the unit saw 17 people overdose, with no deaths in relation to these events. Our Calgary unit hasn’t launched yet, but we anticipate a similar level of success as our first three.
Our units were built to be a tool in the fight against the opioid crisis, but we still have a long way to go in the effort to combat the expanding epidemic. We are excited for what the future holds with regard to going mobile that we will elaborate on in our final I-MIS blog post… stay tuned…
As touched on in our previous post, in December of 2016, we were approached by Interior Health with a problem. The lease for their fixed safe injection site was ending soon, and the group was unable to find a new location. Thus, we were presented with the opportunity to come up with an alternate solution and we explored the option of using a vehicle.
With April of 2017 as the deadline, we needed to act fast. After weighing our options, we opted to refurbish a recreational vehicle (RV). We re-purposed the dining area of the RV for reception and administration. Additionally, we cleared the master bedroom to serve as a recovery area and punched a hole in the back and built stairs to act as a secondary egress point.
Since the first Kelowna I-MIS was supplied in April 2017, and the second in Kamloops a month later, there have been more than 60,000 visits to date.
Through these deployments to Interior Health, we were able to learn a few valuable lessons going forward for the development of our subsequent I-MIS units.
Durability is Important
- RVs are not specifically built for high-throughput use. We realized that if we are going to make vehicles dedicated to mobile consumption sites, we needed a more robust platform.
Mobile Work Environments are Unique
- Not everybody is a mechanic, nor is accustomed to doing vehicle maintenance as part of their daily healthcare duties.
- Access to wi-fi and a security system that keeps staff safe and connected.
- WorkSafe requirements must be factored in.
- In our case, the stairs on the back of I-MIS 1 did not have the proper stair angle, thread width, and railings. This made the utilization of these stairs difficult.
The first I-MIS units that were deployed into Kelowna and Kamloops have been successful and provided a much needed solution to an urgent issue. Additionally, they highlighted some of the unique considerations of going mobile, including the fact that RVs may not offer the best solution for I-MIS units in the future…..