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.

AED Giveaway Terms & Conditions 2017

AED Giveaway banner


To enter this contest, you must agree to these Official Rules. These Rules form a binding legal agreement between you and Iridia Medical (“Iridia”) with respect to the contest.

Contest Period

  1. Entries may be submitted from 12:00pm June 7th, 2017 to 11:59pm June 28th, 2017.
  2. The winner will be notified by 5:00pm July 7th, 2017
  3. All times mentioned in these Rules are Pacific Standard Time.

Terms of Entry

  1. The contest is open to residents and businesses of  Canada only. Upon request, entrants must provide a Canadian address as proof or residency, or, if an organization, a copy of its certificate of registration or incorporation.
  2. Limit of one entry per person/organization/email domain.
  3. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win the contest.

How to Enter

  1. To enter, entrants must send an email to with their story of why they would benefit from an AED, their name and contact information and Facebook/Twitter handle. Additionally, each entrant must post a picture with themselves on Twitter or Facebook with an AED, tagging Iridia Medical and using the hashtag #AEDSpotting. If entrant does not have these accounts, they may send a photo by email.
  2. Entries may be submitted to the email provided in congruence with Facebook, or Twitter for the photo part of the contest. No other means of entry will be accepted.

Winner Selection

  1. Of the submissions received, a shortlist will be created by Iridia from all candidates. One (1) winner will be selected from the shortlist through an online poll. The winner will be announced on Iridia’s website, as well as Iridia’s social media channels on July 7th, 2017.
  2. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

Winner Notification

  1. The winner will be notified by telephone or by email if contact cannot be made via telephone. Within thirty (30) days of notification of winning the Automated External Defibrillator, the winner is required to verify their identity with current and valid Government-issued photo identification or, where the winner is an organization, a copy of its certificate of registration or incorporation must be provided along with the required photo identification.
  2. The winner will forfeit the award and prize if verification cannot be, or has not been, made within the required thirty (30) day period. Iridia reserves the right to examine additional identification and may choose to accept or deny awarding the prize based on the identification presented. Upon verification of identity, the award and prize will be collected in a manner to be agreed upon by Iridia and the winner.


  1. The prize is one (1) LIFEPAK Express Automated External Defibrillator.
  2. The prize has no cash substitute.

Intellectual Property Rights

  1. By submitting an entry, each entrant represents and warrants that its submission does not, and shall not, infringe on any copyright, or any rights of privacy or publicity of any person, or any other right of any third party.
  2. By submitting any text, images, or video throughout the duration of this contest, entrants grant to Iridia and irrevocable, perpetual, and royalty-free right to use, reproduce, edit, display, transmit, prepare derivative works of, modify, publish, and otherwise make use of the submitted work or other information in any and all media, whether now known or hereinafter created, throughout the world and for any purpose. This right to use is granted free and clear of any claims or encumbrances to post, display, or otherwise make publicly available any work submitted by the entrant.

Waiver of Liability and Agreement to Indemnify

By entering this contest, each entrant hereby releases and holds harmless Iridia, and its employees, officers, directors, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively “Released Parties”) from any liability, claim or damage (including but not limited to personal injury, death, property damage and loss or damage of any other kind) arising directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from or in connection with this contest or participation in any contest-related activities, or any use, collection, storage and disclosure of personal information or, if declared a winner, any prizes (including any use or misuse of any prizes). Each entrant will hold all of the Released Parties harmless in the event the entrant has departed from or not fully complied with any of the Official Rules. This release and indemnity shall continue in force following the termination of the contest and/or the awarding of the prize.

Additional Rules

  1. The conduct of the contest is governed by the applicable laws of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, which take precedence over any rule to the contrary herein. Iridia shall follow the applicable laws for conducting contests as governed by the Competition Act.
  2. Iridia reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.
  3. Iridia reserves the right to publish the names, and if available, any logos associated with the winner.
  4. The contest winner agrees to a picture opportunity with the Iridia staff. Iridia reserves the right to use this picture, in all promotional and marketing materials including print and online media.
  5. With the exception of the entrant’s name, any names contained within a submission may be changed to protect the privacy of the individuals identified therein.
  6. Any false information provided within the context of the contest by any entrant concerning identity, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of rights or non-compliance with these Official Rules may result in the immediate elimination of the entrant from the contest. Iridia reserves the right to disqualify any entry that it believes in its sole and unfettered discretion infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party, gained unfair advantage in participating in the contest, or obtained winner status using fraudulent means, or otherwise does not comply with these Official Rules, or violates applicable law.
  7. Iridia is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries; server unavailability; or computer or any other electronic or telecommunications malfunction.
  8. All decisions made by Iridia are final.
  9. Iridia may waive any of the terms of these Official Rules in its sole discretion.


Zika Virus Update – July 15, 2016

Zika Virus Updates - July 15, 2016
Another month, another Zika Virus update! See below for the latest new about the virus.

Updated as of July 15, 2016

  • To date, there is one locally-acquired case of the Zika virus and 143 travel-related cases in Canada (+29 since last month). There are no documented cases of Zika infections in Canada or the continental U.S. from local mosquitoes.
  • A Utah resident infected with the Zika virus has died, becoming the first Zika-related fatality in the continental U.S. The elderly victim, who had other underlying health conditions, died in late June after traveling to a country where the mosquito-transmitted virus is active. It is currently unclear whether Zika was the cause of the death.

Source: CDC, WHO, Public Health Agency of Canada

As always, we are happy to address any questions or comments you may have – leave us a note below and we’ll get back to you. Until then, stay tuned on our Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn for our next update!

The Tour D’Iridia is complete!

Last week Edward & Fidelia traveled through BC for 3 days straight, making 19 official stops. The Tour D’Iridia introduced BC PAD Program Coordinators to Iridia Medical, which included a quick device checkup.

During our time on the road, we stopped and visited many beautiful BC locations. Edward and Fidelia met with a wide range of people, and even trained a group of 30! The tour is a way for Iridia to raise awareness of PAD sites while ensuring that the people responsible for the AED are comfortable with the device.

As you can see in the gallery, the Smartman made a stop at nearly every location along the way, providing participants with a chance to measure their CPR ability.

We hope you enjoyed coming along on the trip with us and experiencing the tour through our eyes.  We’ve added a gallery of images below with some of our best photos:

Tour D’Iridia 2015: it has begun!

Today is the official start of Second Tour D’Iridia! This year, we are doing things a little differently. Instead of having Michael on his bicycle, we have Edward and our newest staff member Fidelia visiting sites in the Okanagan.

Tour Sticker

Last year, we rode on a bike, this year, we are in an SUV, namely our Iridia car ‘Little Red’. As a result, we’ve planned on visiting a few more locations, here is the schedule:

Day 1 – September 16th

Day 2 – September 17th

Day 3 – September 18th


At each stop we will be meeting with people who are responsible for the AED, and ensuring that the device is fully operational. During this trip, we will be documenting all of the site visits and we’ll be posting these shots on our social media pages.

If you’d like to stay up to date, make sure to join us on our Facebook page where all the action will be happening!

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, 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.


What Will the 2013 Flu Season Bring?

Before we get into this season’s flu trends, it’s worth learning a little bit about influenza.

What Is Influenza?

Influenza refers to illnesses and symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, caused by a number of different influenza viruses. Typical symptoms are fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue. Annual outbreaks of seasonal influenza usually occur during the late fall through early spring.

Have a look at our post: Seasonal Influenza, A Helpful Reminder to learn how to protect yourself influenza and what to do if you become sick.

2013 Flu Trends

2013 Flu Season

2013 flu season (dark blue) compared to the past six years.

By looking at data gathered by Google so far this year, we can see that 2013 is beginning to look like one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. Compared to the previous 6 years, this season is only overshadowed by the 2009 H1N1 outbreak. Unfortunately, it is still to early to determine if flu cases will continue to rise.

By using millions of data points, Google Flu Trends is able to determine (with a high-level of accuracy) how big of an impact the flu is having on a seasonal basis.

This data is important because it can show flu queries in real-time, often weeks ahead of reporting agencies.

Flu season

Comparing flu search results throughout Canada.

How does Google Flu Trends Work? (excerpt from Google)

Each week, millions of users around the world search for health information online. As you might expect, there are more flu-related searches during flu season, more allergy-related searches during allergy season, and more sunburn-related searches during the summer.

Flu trends

Google Flu Trends compared to Public Health Agency of Canada records.

We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for “flu” is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries are added together. We compared our query counts with traditional flu surveillance systems and found that many search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening. By counting how often we see these search queries, we can estimate how much flu is circulating in different countries and regions around the world. 


As you can see, Google Flu Trends is a very powerful tool that can predict the severity of the upcoming flu season with frightening accuracy. Given the intensity of the flu in 2013, it is as important as ever to get vaccinated. Learn more about vaccination here:

Go explore Google Flu Trends yourself!


Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a Family Matter

We have previously highlighted the factors that put you at risk of coronary artery disease (see post here). Among these factors, we identified family history as one of the leading contributors to sudden cardiac arrest.

A new Danish study released in November 2012, has provided additional details, and demonstrates a direct link between family history and SCA.

Research indicates that relatives of young sudden cardiac death victims appear to have a much greater risk of cardiovascular disease than the general population.

During 11-years of follow-up and tracking sudden cardiac death victims, there were 292 incidents of cardiovascular disease among those with relatives who suffered sudden cardiac death, compared to 219 incidents in the background population, representing a 33 percent increase.

Researchers found the risks were particularly high when the relative who suffered cardiac arrest was younger than 35. The findings suggest a large hereditary component of sudden cardiac death.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

“Since the cardiovascular conditions on which we focused are treatable, early identification of at-risk persons is potentially a life-saving action,” wrote Mattis Flyvholm Ranthe, MD, of the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen. “Our findings are the first of their kind and support the initiation of cascade screening in families experiencing a sudden cardiac death, with customization of screening based on the underlying condition suspected to have caused the death and family member ages.”

Many of the risks linked to sudden cardiac arrest include:

  • Smoking
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Alcohol (more than one to two drinks per day)
  • Age (after 45 for men and 55 for women)
  • Being male (2-3 times the risk)

However, previous studies have shown numerous links to sudden cardiac arrest through genetic mutations, including primary arrhythmia syndromes (electrical malfunctions), cardiomyopathies (heart muscle deterioration), familial hypercholesterolemia (elevated cholesterol levels), and ischemic heart disease (poor blood supply to the heart).

Further Details

To explore the link between family history and sudden cardiac arrest, researchers performed a prospective, population-based cohort study using Danish national registries. They identified 470 individuals ages 1 to 35 years who suffered a sudden cardiac death from 2000 to 2006, and 3,073 relatives.

  • Compared with the general population, the relatives had a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease during follow-up
  • First-degree relatives — parents, children, siblings — had a greater risk of cardiovascular disease compared with second-degree relatives, such as half-siblings, grandparents, grandchildren etc…
  • Risks were particularly high for first-degree relatives younger than 35
  • The risks among the relatives were greater when the initial sudden cardiac death was verified by autopsy.

Quiz – What’s your AED IQ???

Think your AED knowledge is top notch? Try our AED IQ quiz to find out!

First aid and AEDs save lives. The better you understand the process, the better equipped you are to help those around you. And as always, keep up to date on the latest first aid guidelines. You can find the current guidelines here at the heart and stroke foundation’s website: