Mobile has Merit – I-MIS Outlook for the Future

The ‘Mobile has Merit’ blog series thus far has covered our initial decision-making process for going mobile, our 2 units implemented into Interior BC (Kelowna and Kamloops), and the two units delivered to Alberta (Grande Prairie and Calgary). With the final post, we wanted to shift the focus to the effects of opioids, and the potential future of I-MIS units.

 

Unfortunately, the opioid crisis is not abating across several geographical regions as evidenced by the table below:

Deaths from Opioids1

Year BC Death Toll Alberta Death Toll Canada Death Toll
2016 1006 602 3017
2017 1518 741 4100
2018 1525 775 4460

 

 

The opioid epidemic has continued to get worse as time has progressed. Going forward, we are interested in discussing the merits of mobile with all parties curious in exploring other options.

 

Our core value at Iridia is to enable peace of mind for those that respond to medical emergencies. Based on a need, we were given the opportunity to act and create the first I-MIS unit. We were able to learn and improve on subsequent units. Through proof of concept that can be replicated within areas of high utilization, the I-MIS may have potential.

 

Ultimately, we hope that the I-MIS units could be a part of the holistic solution to help end the opioid epidemic and are eager to aid in the fight in whatever capacity necessary.

 

 

1Deaths from Opioids – https://health-infobase.canada.ca/datalab/national-surveillance-opioid-mortality.html

Celebrate Iridia Day with Us!

 

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 orders@iridiamedical.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”

Mobile Has Merit – I-MIS Heads East

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…

 

Mobile has Merit – I-MIS Enters the Market

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…..

 

Iridia, Status Quo, and a Planck –

For anyone who has participated in the Iridia Intro at the Iridiaplex, you might remember that our name is borrowed from the element Iridium.

You see, Iridium has a set of properties that align very strongly with what we represent as a company – it is durable, rare, and brings other elements (or stakeholders), together. It also helps set the standard of measure for the kilogram, much as we aspire to set the high-watermark for service delivery in all that we do.

Well, as of the 20th of May, things have changed.

After 129 years, the cylindrical chunk of Iridium (and platinum) known as “Big K” will end its tenure as the authoritative definer of “kilogram-ness”. In its place, a number likely unknown to most, but incredibly important to the underpinnings of the universe, 6.626 x 10-34, will be used.

Say what? Before that furrowed brow of yours becomes a permanent fixture, let us give you some background on the change.

The rationale behind the move has both precedent and is well-reasoned. The big problem with using an object to define a specific measurement is that over time, that object can change. In Big K’s case, the issue is that he/she keeps losing “weight”, and so the kilogram is becoming progressively lighter over time – clearly not a good thing for a standard. It wasn’t that long ago that people grappled with a similar challenge in defining what a meter of length was. That issue was resolved using a different constant, the speed of light (~3.0 x10 8 m/s for those curious).

In a similar way, Planck’s constant, the 6.626 x 10-34 mentioned earlier, will now define the kilogram by way of a Kibble balance …… but, we won’t get into that here.

With the change, we are left to ponder what happens next as it relates to our name, and how we tell our story.

As with any change we encounter, we reflect on our core. A commonality across all the projects we engage in is that we Challenge the Status Quo. And so, it is with defining a standard of measure – it no longer makes sense to use Iridium for this purpose, and a change has been ushered in.

In response, the status quo no longer holds. Moving forward then, we will continue to set the high-water mark for all that we do, but in this one aspect, we will do so without direct ties to Iridium.

That said, Iridium remains central to our story, and our love for it remains unflapped – #77forlife!

Mobile Has Merit – The Birth of I-MIS

In December of 2016, we were approached by a BC community with a problem: the lease for their fixed safe injection site was ending soon, and they couldn’t locate a suitable alternate location.

 Having provided healthcare services via mobile solutions such as our 53’ mobile hospital, I-MASH, we looked at the viability of offering safe consumption from within a vehicle.

 At the time, the province was coming to grips with the stark reality of the opioid crisis; 523 BC residents had lost their lives to opioid overdoses in 2015 alone. News stories on the daily focused on the rising numbers of people dying. We had already begun distributing our Nasal Naloxone kits as one small way we could offer something of potential utility in response to the growing crisis.  

 This call, on the other hand, provided a unique opportunity to make a difference on a larger scale. 

 At the outset, an obvious benefit to the mobile solution, if it were viable, would be the avoidance of a lease and the need to pay utilities.  It also removed the need to find an appropriate physical space within a pre-existing infrastructure. And with this, we began our journey toward delivery of our first Mobile Injection Site, or I-MIS. 

 Over the course of the next three blogs, we will be sharing what we learned on our journey, and will also be hinting at what the future of I-MIS might look like….stay tuned.

IAADS

Yesterday we posted about IAADS, Iridia’s AED Drone Delivery Service, and we promised you an update today.

Well, here it is: Happy April Fool’s Day!

While IAADS isn’t quite ready today, we have reason to believe such a service isn’t too far off. Here’s why we think that:

• Intel was able to set the Guinness World Record for 1,218 unmanned drones flying at once and in coordinated fashion (https://newsroom.intel.com/…/Intel-Olympics-Drone-Fact-Shee…).
• Flirtey (https://www.flirtey.com/) and TU Delft (https://www.tudelft.nl/…/rese…/applied-labs/ambulance-drone/) are drone delivery services that exist today! Both are still early on in development, but will likely advance quickly.

So, if we combine these ideas, add an abundance of planning, logistics, and elbow grease, we think it is possible.

Developments like IAADS will potentially shape the survivability of SCAs in the future, as time is of the essence, and survival odds decrease by 10% with each passing minute.

Iridia Aerial AED Delivery System

After years of effort, and months of anticipation, we’re proud to announce that we are going drone!

The Iridia Aerial AED Delivery System, known as IAADS, is set to take to the sky in the coming months, pending final approval. The IAADS fleet will initially provide AED coverage to the city of Pitt Meadows, and will be configured so that an AED can be brought to any community resident within 80 seconds, no matter where they are located.

IAADS AEDs will be activated through local emergency services much as ambulances are presently deployed. A localized 911 call will trigger both first responders AND a signal to the IAADS network to deploy the most proximal drone. During response, the remaining drones in the coverage region will adjust their flight plans accordingly to ensure they expand their coverage area to pick up the region left empty by the responding drone.

As time is of the essence in responding to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, we are very excited at the potential to save lives through the use of IAADS.

The Pitt Meadows deployment will be used as a proof of concept, and the ultimate goal is to see the entire GVRD covered with the service.

Final word from Canadian regulators is expected later today, but we couldn’t resist sharing a bit early. More information to come tomorrow.

 

AED Giveaway 2017: The Martin Family Wins Our Annual Giveaway

Tessa with CR2
Our annual AED Giveaway occurred on July 7, 2017 coinciding with Iridia Day.  Leading up to the event we had people from all over Canada submit their stories and photos.  It was a tough decision, but we shortlisted four candidates who the public then voted on to determine the winner.  We were blown away by the engagement from the communities and the support that was shown!  After a week of voting, it was clear the Martin Family was the winner as they gained over 90% of the votes.

Sherri and Matt have a daughter named Tessa.  She is only nine years old and was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot.  She has dreams of becoming a professional gymnast, so her parents are worried about the stress this might cause to her heart.  Her doctors fully support the activity as it helps make Tessa healthy and strong both mentally and physically.  Having an AED with them at the gymnastics club gives them peace of mind to let their daughter pursue her dreams in a safe environment.

“She is a fighter who has been through so much and we are fighting for her to have a normal, active and fun childhood, free of adult worries,” Sherri Martin says.  “She has become quite the gymnast and is going to be monitored as they watch her competitive gymnastics journey unfold.   Her cardiologists say her gymnastics is keeping her healthy, happy and strong!  With her intense training schedule we now have the peace of mind to know she, as well as any other person around her is protected by this precious gift that you graciously donated”

Iridia Medical is touched by the Martin Family’s story and we wish Tessa the best as she continues to pursue her gymnastics dream and live her life worry-fee.

Do you know of any other families, teams or communities in need of an AED?  Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be kept up to date regarding our next AED Giveaway.

Iridia Day 2017

Iridia Day Email

Iridia Day 2017 is approaching! On July 7th, 2017 we will be celebrating our company identity, brand, mission and vision. As you may know, our name Iridia is derived from element 77 on the periodic table, Iridium. Iridium is a durable metal that connects with other metals to form alloys. It’s quite rare and is used as a standard measurement of weight. These traits exemplify our company DNA and what we achieve through enabling peace of mind for those responding to medical emergencies.

To celebrate this day, we are giving away an AED! We hope this will raise awareness surrounding Sudden Cardiac Arrests in the public and encourage individuals to be proactive about SCAs.

For more information on how to enter our contest read our previous blog post, AED Giveaway Terms & Conditions 2017 or visit our facebook page.