Nasal Naloxone FAQ

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Why Sell the Kits Online?

We elected to sell the kit online with the goal of removing existing barriers for those wanting access to Naloxone. The kits are offered for sale through a simple online shopping cart. No hassles, no probing questions. We simply want everyone to have access to this potentially life-saving tool.

Why Nasal?

The biggest reason for using nasal delivery is that it eliminates anxiety on the part of the rescuer thanks to the absence of needles.  By removing anxiety, the hope is that more people will be comfortable responding to people in need.

Also, without needles involved, needle injury is eliminated as a possibility and no additional needles are introduced into the community.

Is Nasal as effective as Intramuscular (IM) Needle-Based Delivery?

Several studies show that nasal naloxone is as effective as IM delivery, a factor contributing to the US FDA’s approval of Narcan for sale in the US and Health Canada’s similar decision.

Who are the Nasal Naloxone Kits for?

Given its ease of use, Nasal Naloxone is usable by  everyone. Whether you are a concerned parent, a friend of a user, or struggling with addiction yourself, having the  nasal kits available offers a tool for use in an opioid emergency.

What if the person is not breathing?

It is a common misconception that a patient has to be breathing in order for nasal medications such as Nasal Naloxone to work. In fact, the nose has a rich blood supply that allows medications to enter the bloodstream directly through the nasal mucosa (the lining of the nasal cavity). Medications, such as Nasal Naloxone, are administered in the form of a mist and begin to enter the bloodstream immediately upon contact with the nasal mucosa. Thus, Nasal Naloxone can effectively reverse the effects of an opioid overdose regardless of whether or not a patient is breathing.

Where should I place this kit?

The kit is designed to be compact and discrete. The kit can be placed in any easily accessible location that is comfortable for you. This could be a purse or backpack, a common household area, office space or public venue. We do suggest avoiding placing the kit in a car or outside as the recommended storing temperature is between 15°C and 25°C.

Why are the Nasal Naloxone kits $200 each?

Our kits are more expensive than other kits available due to the inclusion of Nasal Naloxone.  We use the Narcan brand of Naloxone, and its manufacturer, Adapt, has set a notably more expensive price to reflect that the nasal delivery system is more sophisticated when compared to the liquid form of the drug.

While more expensive, we feel that the benefits of our kits (easier to use, no risk of needle injury, no needles introduced into the community) outweigh the additional costs.

Is Nasal Naloxone Easy to Use?

Yes, please see below to learn how.

Naloxone Instructions V2

If I buy a kit, will my personal information be kept confidential?

Yes. Iridia guarantees full anonymity with every order of Nasal Naloxone. We will never disclose personal or transactional information associated with a purchase.

 

If you have any further questions please feel free to send an email to kits@iridiamedical.com.

 

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 Medical is excited to be teaming up with London Drugs for the second annual Do You Have a Minute to Save a Life Campaign. We are giving you a chance to test your CPR skills and learn how to apply an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). With our SmartMan Manikins in-store, you will get real-time, visual, and objective feedback on your CPR compressions and ventilations. With your help, our goal is to raise awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the steps involved in responding to one.

Chain of Survival - CPR Awareness

 

The Impact of CPR and AED Use

40,000 cardiac arrests happen annually in Canada – that’s one every 13 minutes. While it’s estimated that only 5% of Canadians survive a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, this probability can be increased with growing awareness of the importance of CPR and AED use. In fact, with early application of CPR and an AED, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest doubles! However, this is dependent on everyday people knowing how to respond.

Our Partner

London Drugs continues to be a partner of choice for our awareness campaigns, as they are a pioneer in workplace AED programs. As the first major retailer in Canada to put AEDs into all their stores, they have also trained over 1,000 employees in CPR and the use of AEDs.

Event Details

Come visit us at anytime between 10am-2pm on the dates below for a chance to test your skills.

  • Wed, Feb 03 – New Westminster-Westminster Centre (555 6th St, New West)
  • Wed, Feb 10 – Surrey Guildford Town Centre (2300-10355 152nd St, Surrey)
  • Wed, Feb 17 – Vancouver Broadway & Ash (525 W Broadway, Vancouver)
  • Wed, Feb 24 – Brentwood Town Centre (4567 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby)

An Important Note Regarding Third Party AED Accessories

Cardiac Science PowerHeart AED G3 Battery

A critical part of AED ownership is ensuring the battery and electrodes are current and up-to-date.  Manufacturers of AEDs also manufacturer their own battery and pads that are approved for use with their devices.  When purchasing your replacement battery and electrodes, it is always important to know who you are purchasing these items from and if they are approved for use with your AED.  

An Important Message from Cardiac Science:

The Food and Drug Administration (Equivalent of Health Canada) extended market clearance for AED electrodes and batteries to third parties. Cardiac Science does not approve or endorse use of these third-party AED products/accessories–batteries, pads, cables, or optional equipment–with any Cardiac Sciences Powerheart® device. These third-party AED products/accessories are not Cardiac Science products or accessories.

Both the Cardiac Science AED warranty and indemnification are void when a Cardiac Science product is installed and deployed with these third-party AED accessories since the use of these third-party AED products/accessories may cause the AED to function improperly during a rescue.

Although these third-party manufacturers may claim that these products may be used in conjunction with a Cardiac Science AED, please be advised that:

  • Market clearance for these third-party AED products/accessories was secured without Cardiac Science council or approval.
  • Cardiac Science has not authorized any third party to manufacture and market its AED products/accessories.
  • Third-party AED products/accessories may not be compatible with Cardiac Science Powerheart® AED models or Rescue Ready® technology. We cannot guarantee that these third-party products have received the same rigorous testing as Cardiac Science branded products.
  • Cardiac Science does not guarantee the performance of any third-party products/accessories, or any AED utilizing them.

In order to ensure that supplies are authentic Cardiac Science products, please look for the Cardiac Science logo and their manufacturing location in Waukesha, WI, on packaging of their electrodes or batteries.

Certified accessories ensures reliability and that the device will be ready to use in a cardiac emergency. Iridia strongly recommends all AED accessories are approved by the manufacturer of your AED.  

 

Become an AED Spotting Superstar!

AEDs Everywhere - AED Spotting

When and where was the last time you saw an Automated External Defibrillator? Do you even remember? Well not to worry, it’s easy to miss something you’re not looking for. Iridia wants to change this. 

AED Spotting: AEDs Everywhere

As a company that implements public AED programs, finding AEDs is kind of exciting for us. After a trip to Japan taken by one of our employees, she found that AEDs are everywhere – train stations, shopping centres, tourist attractions, anywhere where there was a high risk of an SCA. Photos were snapped & shared and other staff began taking photos of AEDs they had spotted on their travels. Now we have over 500 AEDs spotted from around the world!

This is where AEDs Everywhere comes in – a crowdsourcing campaign to map the location of AEDs all around the world. Now it’s your turn to search for AEDs with us. When you do find one, upload your photo and location to our map and you’ll be entered to win a prize!

Click here for rankings and more:
AEDs Everywhere - AED Spotting

How to Participate

  1. Find an AED and snap a photo – You can be in it to. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination (wacky poses are welcome!)
  2. Upload the photo directly to our AEDs Everywhere map by clicking on the Add button on the top right-hand corner
  3. Win a prize, with each submission, you are entered into our two draws and we will donate $1 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation
  4. Pat yourself on the back for raising awareness of AED’s everywhere!​

Why Participate?

  • Each submission enters you into a draw!
  • For every AED Photo you submit, you have a chance to win either a $50 gift card* or an Iridia Gift Bag**
  • With every AED photo submitted, Iridia will donate $1 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.***
  • Every photo you take will help increase AED awareness, so tell your friends and family to snap AED photos when they spot one!
*The individual who submits the most AEDs from June 1 to July 31 will win the $50 gift card  **Every submitter will be entered to win an Iridia gift bag with: 4gb USB, water bottle, pen, umbrella and notebook  ***Up to a maximum of $200.00

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Good luck on way your to becoming an AED spotting superstar!

 

 

Why Did We Create Anna’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor Video?

To Celebrate a Life Saved

Today, Anna has a second chance at life thanks to the quick thinking of a few individuals and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). We worked with Anna to share her story as we passionately believe that the world needs to know about people like Anna who have survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

To Draw Attention to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Anna is not alone in having had an SCA. Latest statistics suggest that 40,000 Canadians die annually from this electrical malfunction of the heart. SCAs do not discriminate – they can happen to anyone at any time, and without warning.

To Focus on a Solution

The only way to treat an SCA is to deliver a shock by way of an Automated External Defibrillator. The biggest challenge is one of timing. For every 1 minute delay in delivering a shock, the survival rate decreases by 7% to 10% (Larsen et al, 1993).

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor

So, How Do We Work Toward Fewer Deaths Due to SCA?

In the simplest terms, we need more AEDs, greater access to them, and more awareness about their location and use.

AED Availability
SCAs can happen anywhere. With this mind, we need more AEDs in the places that we frequent. If someone is to be shocked within minutes, an AED must always be nearby. Airports have been early adopters of AED technology and have save stories to show for it, which is great. But we need them in more hotels, restaurants, golf courses, schools, community centres, and other areas that people gather.

AED Accessibility
Having more AEDs out there is the first step, but this will only make a difference if the AEDs can be found and accessed. These life-saving devices must be well signed, and reachable by as many people as possible. An AED hidden away in a back office is far less useful than one on prominent display.

As you move through your daily life, keep an eye out for AEDs. Where does a good job of providing accessible AEDs? Who could use some help?

AED Awareness
An increased prevalence of accessible AEDs will certainly make a difference, but increasing awareness about them will take things to another level. The more we know about how easy it is to use an AED, the better the survival outcomes will be.

Workplace programs should ensure that all staff are trained properly, and as responsible members of society, we should all do our part to ensure we are trained on AED use.

Help Us Spread the Word

Every day in Canada, people suffer SCAs and we’d like to see every one of them end with a story like Anna’s.

With this in mind, we’ve created this video.

By sharing it with friends and family, you will be helping us spread the word about SCA and increased survival rates through AED and CPR use.

We thank you in advance. To share the video, click one of the links below:

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Canadian PAD Programs Offering Free AEDs and Training!

Free AEDs - BC PAD and National PADCommunities and facilities throughout Canada have the opportunity to receive free AEDs and CPR/AED training through the BC and National PAD Programs.  Iridia would like to raise awareness that these AEDs and training are available through a simple application process.  With the public’s help, we can communicate theseopportunities to communities and facilities that meet the criteria – please spread the word. An increase in AED placements will lead to an increase in lives saved across the country.

Please see the BC PAD Program and the National PAD Program summaries, criteria and application process:

Heart and Stroke BC PAD Program

Program Summary

Since 2013, The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) of BC has been placing free AEDs in areas they identified as priority locations for AEDs.  To date, 264 AEDs have been placed and 3 lives have been saved.

  • The HSF has a goal of placing 450 AEDs
  • The HSF has recently opened up the application process to additional sites

Program Criteria

  • Locations must be open to the public where large numbers of people gather and/or where there may be a delay in accessing emergency services
  • Very small communities that have one central meeting area in town
  • Not-for-profits that perform outreach to large groups of people
  • Senior centres
  • Churches that have a community building attached
  • HUB Schools (host after school programs, rent out the location)
  • Recreation centres
  • Swimming pools / aquatic centres
  • Community centres
  • Public libraries
  • Busy playing fields 
  • Parks and beaches

Application process

  • If a facility/community location meets the above criteria, they will need to complete the application and email it to the BC PAD Program Manager for review/approval
  • Each application asks that the facility provide a letter from the community supporting the site to have an AED installed
  • To learn more about the program, please visit the BC PAD Program Website

Heart and Stroke National PAD Program

Program Summary

Since 2013, The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) of Canada has been placing free AEDs in rinks and arenas all across Canada.  The end goal is to have an AED in every rink and arena from coast to coast. To date, the program has placed 1,773 AEDs in rinks and arenas across Canada. The end goals is to place 8,000 AEDs across Canada.

  • The HSF is still accepting applications from rinks and arenas that do not have an AED
  • The HSF has recently opened the application process up to facilities that are not rinks or arenas

Program Criteria (For non-rinks/arenas)

  • Locations must not have an AED to be considered for a free AED and training
  • Facilities that permit public to use their premises, services or equipment for exercise, fitness training, bodybuilding or similar purposes and where at least 20 hours of indoor/outdoor physical activity programs are held in the majority of weeks in a year. This includes:
    • martial arts facilities
    • dance studios
    • wellness centres
    • curling rinks
    • and similar facilities
  • Special consideration will be given to isolated and remote First Nations, Métis and Inuit community locations, which may include community centres, medical transport, fire departments and central meeting locations

Application process

Thank you in advance for sharing these details with your friends, your communities and facilities that meet the criteria laid out by both programs. Together we can help enable peace of mind. If you have any questions, we’d be more than happy to help – simply contact our AED department at:

 

Announcing the LIFEPAK 500 AED Trade-in Program

LIFEPAK 500 Trade-In

WHY THIS PROMOTION?

  • All LIFEPAK 500s are currently out of warranty and Physio-Control discontinued Technical Service Support (parts and repair) on January 31, 2015
  • It is time for customers to upgrade all LIFEPAK 500s to new AEDs that are currently under manufacture warranty and are supported for Technical Service Support

LIFEPAK 500 PROMOTION DETAILS:

Customers who trade-in their LIFEPAK 500 AED will receive a $250 trade-in rebate when they purchase a Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR Plus AED or a LIFEPAK 1000 AED as an upgrade. This manufacturer promotion is time sensitive. The LIFEPAK 500 Trade-In Program ends on Friday, April 24, 2015.

To learn more about this limited time promotion, receive a quote or to place an order, please contact Iridia’s AED Sales Department at the following:

 

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.

Chain of Survival 2015

  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.

 

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!