Zika Virus Update – March 04, 2016

Zika Virus Updates - March 04, 2016

Last week, Iridia separated fact from fiction about the Zika virus through a blog post that answered some frequently asked questions. We addressed topics ranging from what the virus is and how it spreads, to methods of managing the risk.

Over the next four weeks, we will be releasing weekly updates to keep you informed about the virus. Here is this week’s update.

Updated as of March 04, 2016

  • A group of doctors from Argentina claims that Pyripoxyfen, a pesticide used to eliminate mosquito larvae, could be the cause of the microcephaly outbreak in Brazil. However, Brazil’s federal government and the World Health Organization reject the claim and say the likely culprit is the Zika virus.
  • Puerto Rico has declared a public health emergency and is working to protect residents from the Zika virus. This U.S. territory has had nearly 120 cases of Zika Virus infection, including five pregnant women. The Obama administration has asked Congress for more than $200 million to help Puerto Rico as the Zika virus makes its way northwards from South America.
  • Currently, there are zero locally-acquired and sixteen travel-related Zika virus cases in Canada.

Source: CDC, CNN, & Public Health Agency of Canada

Stay tuned next week for another update and let us know in the comments if you have any questions or feedback!

Iridia Does Vegas: Learn, Innovate, and Experience

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How does Iridia become one of the fastest growing companies for 5 years running? A large part of it is our focus on client experiences. In order to deliver exceptional client experiences, we have developed and continue to refine our Ideal Client Journey. Vegas, as a city built around delivering an Ideal Client Journey to all its visitors, provides a perfect platform for inspiration and motivation.

Our annual trip to Vegas is centred around 3 objectives:

  • Learn – We are all students on this trip, and our instructors are be the city, its people, and the world’s biggest brands
  • Innovate – Vegas gives us exposure to ideas and concepts that we can bring back and include in Iridia’s success formula
  • Experience – Iridia Does Vegas is an opportunity for us to step fully into the role of a participant and observe everything that contributes to the experiences Vegas has to offer

The city of Vegas provides a spectrum of learning opportunities. We’ve highlighted some of our favourites for you.

Consumer Electronics Show – Innovation Central

Every January, the city of Las Vegas hosts the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the largest trade shows on the planet. With over 180,000 attendees and 2.4 million square feet of floor space, the conference takes place in 3 separate convention centers. For many companies, this is their primary platform for announcing new products and showcasing the greatest in consumer electronics technology.

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An industry-only event, Iridia attends as a way to learn from the exhibitors and to identify any products that we may eventually look to retail ourselves. Exhibitors use a lot of ways to engage the attendees. For example, all you need is a valid license to take a BMW i3, m4 or i8 for a spin. Or, step into the massive Samsung booth and view hundreds of their products. If seeing is not enough, their demonstration models allow you to personally experience their products. You don’t have to look far to see innovation.

Zappos – A Client Focus Role Model

Zappos is the largest online shoe retailer in America, with their headquarters in Downtown Las Vegas. Their focus on superior customer service makes them a prime learning opportunity. They have built a company culture that has boosted them to over $1 billion in sales, on top of being featured in Fortune’s Top 100 Companies to Work For, for 6 years running.

From an open work environment, interest in employee well-being, and work flexibility, Zappos is one of the top companies to learn from. In an hour and a half, the Zappos headquarters tour provided us with an intimate overview of the company and how they operate, as well as unique ideas for our own office and employees.

Can’t get to Vegas? Their CEO’s book Delivering Happiness gives you a great taste on the company’s culture.

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Other Iridia Does Vegas 2016 Experiences

From its beginnings in the early 20th century, Las Vegas has blossomed from being a haven for gamblers and illegal activity to a city that focuses on providing world-class entertainment experiences.
What is it about certain atmospheres that create a longing for more? We visited some of the best hotels, shows, and restaurants with a strong experiential element to learn. From breath-taking themes to top-notch service, these were just two of the businesses that kept us on the edge of our seats.

  • Rose.Rabbit.Lie was experiential dining at its finest. A meal was made vibrant by live music and dynamic entertainment. The restaurant itself moved and shifted throughout the night!
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  • Cirque Du Soleil is a world-class circus for good reason. We went to see Zarkana and were not disappointed. Outside the theatre, every detail was purposefully designed to revolve around the show’s theme. Once we got inside, the staff’s guidance to our seats and the pre-show performances set up the circus mood, building anticipation for the show itself. The main event kept us intrigued and engaged. There was always something happening and virtually no downtime. From a live band, scenes switching on the fly, moving stages, and the performers seamlessly switching in and out, the experience, it was perfect.

In conclusion

A trip to Vegas may not seem like the most obvious catalyst for growth, but it has brought us excitement, inspiration and ideas. Whether it was CES 2016, the Zappos tour, a show or the city itself, each one of us took something special home with them from their time in Vegas.

Think about it this way, if going into a business was as fun and memorable as going to Vegas, wouldn’t you want to go?

Zika Virus: Separating Fact from Fiction

The Zika virus’s northwards travel from South America has been a trending topic and, often, the reports raise as many questions as they answer. With a history of enabling peace of mind through pandemic consulting, Iridia Medical wants to clear up any misconceptions and rumours by sharing concise and accurate information about this virus.

From February 15th to 25th, we released daily infographics through social media to answer frequently-asked questions about the Zika virus. The topics covered ranged from what the virus is and how it spreads, to methods of managing the risk. Below, you’ll find an overview of the infographic information, along with the infographics themselves.

What is the Zika Virus?

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus and transmitted primarily by the Aedes mosquitoes. The virus can be, but rarely is, transmitted through sexual contact and blood transfusions.

Zika Virus Symptoms and Treatment

Zika virus symptoms in adults are usually mild to non-existent: up to 80% of virus-carriers have no symptoms and the other 20% exhibit only minor symptoms. With mild symptoms, health experts do not recommend antiviral medications. Plenty of rest, fluids and supportive care are recommended, similar to other virus infections. So far, no vaccines are available for this virus, though several research groups are working on developing one.

Is the Zika Virus Linked to Microcephaly?

Concerns from health experts have escalated recently due to a potential link between the Zika virus and the birth defect, microcephaly. While there have been reports of microcephaly in babies of mothers living in Brazil who were infected with the virus while pregnant, it is critical to be aware that, at this time, health experts have NOT established a definitive link between the Zika virus and microcephaly. However, as the virus can spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, it is recommended that pregnant women consider postponing travel to any area where the Zika virus is widespread.

For concerned pregnant women, blood tests and amniocentesis are recommended to check for any Zika virus infection. Additionally, regular ultrasounds are recommended for microcephaly detection.

How does the Zika Virus Spread?

The Zika virus is predominantly spread through the bite of the Aedes mosquitoes. To prevent the spread, we recommend preventative measures. For example, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid these mosquito bites. This includes avoiding travel to places where the virus is being transmitted. If you are already in areas known to be contaminated by the Zika virus, we recommend the following:

  • wear long-sleeved shirts and pants,
  • sleep with a mosquito bed net,
  • use insect repellent, and
  • practice safe sex to prevent sexual transmission.

Will the virus spread to Canada? This is very unlikely. The confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Canada involve people who have travelled to areas with outbreaks. The risk of infection within Canada is low, as the Aedes mosquitoes are not established in Canada because they are not well-suited to our climate.

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Over the next four weeks, we will be providing weekly updates about the Zika virus through our social media. Afterwards, you can expect monthly updates until the virus is contained. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to stay updated. If you have any questions or concerns about the Zika virus, feel free to reach out to us!

Updated as of Feb 15th
SOURCE: CDC & Public Health Agency of Canada

  • CDC added Aruba and Bonaire to the travel advisory watch list for pregnant women. (There are now 32 countries in Latin & South America on the watch list.)
  • WHO issued a $56 million plan to combat the Zika virus through fast-tracking vaccines, virus control, diagnostics and research.
  • Women wishing to get pregnant should wait at least two months after their return from areas where the Zika virus is being transmitted.
  • Men who have travelled where the Zika virus is being transmitted should use condoms with any partner who is or could become pregnant for two months after their return.

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.

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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)

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness month is upon us!

October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness month and we’ve launched a few exciting initiatives for 2015. Each year 40,000 Canadians die of SCA, but with the right tools and training, we can all work to reduce this number. If an AED and CPR are applied to an SCA, survival rates increase greatly.

This month, we’ve got a number of different events happening, all of which help raise awareness and increase SCA survival rates. We’re pleased to announce the launch of an updated workshop and an all new awareness event we are hosting at YVR!

“Do you have a minute to save a life?” Event at YVR

This October, Iridia Medical has decided to raise awareness for SCA with a the “Do you have a minute to Save a life?” event. We have partnered with London Drugs in the past to host this event in store, and now we will be working with YVR to host the event within the Vancouver Airport.

We will be at YVR at the following days in October:

  • Friday October 2 10AM – 2PM
  • Wednesday October 14 10AM – 2PM
  • Wednesday October 21 10AM – 2PM
  • Wednesday October 28 10AM – 2PM

Come visit us in front of the “The Jade Canoe” statue located in the International & USA Terminal.

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We’ve just launched our new updated Cardiac Arrest Management Workshop

When it comes to responding to a cardiac emergency, we’ve developed a unique workshop specifically designed to train anyone on how to use an AED, and how to perform CPR. Our updated CAM Workshop features a more fun and relaxed environment to learn these essential skills. We’ve taken the workshop which has already trained thousands to a new level with updated equipment and activities for students.

 

Take a look at our page for the new CAM Workshop and contact Iridia for more information on booking a private group session.

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Discounts on all AEDs in the month of October

As a way to celebrate SCA Awareness month, we are offering a 10% discount on all AEDs purchased in the month of October. This includes our brand new Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 AED.

If you’re interested in learning more about the AED’s we offer, please visit our AED section or contact our sales department today.

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We hope you’re as excited as we are about SCA Awareness Month. Make sure to visit our Facebook or Twitter page to keep up to date with everything that will be happening!

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.

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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!

Certifying the Next Generation Health Care Providers in BC!

UBC RN SocietyAfter a successful sponsorship opportunity with the 2015 Graduating Class of Nursing Students at the University of British Columbia, Iridia was honored to be selected as the preferred training provider to certify the second year cohorts in Basic Life Support and Mask Fit Testing!

On behalf of the education team at Iridia we want to thank Matthew, Kirk and Shivinder the President and Vice-President of the Nursing Undergrad Society for initiating this event and inviting Iridia to UBC on June 11 and 20th, 2015. We had a fabulous time certifying the next generation of Health Care Providers in BC!

A special thanks to our committed instructors Dr. Allan Holmes, Jeff Kain, Ole Olsen, Zahra Solawala, Tom Jones and Tom Attieh for creating a transformative experience for this group!

For anyone who missed this opportunity please do not hesitate to contact us to organize your own BLS or Mask Fit Testing with Iridia.

Testimonials

“Best course I’ve ever taken! Instructors were engaging and knowledgeable. Everything was great!”

“Was great to have healthcare professionals who could answer questions for real life situations and explain physiological reasons”

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.

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.

 

Celebrate Iridia Day for a Chance to Win a Harbor Air Voucher!

For 77 Blog1Iridia Medical has achieved great success becoming one of the countries Fastest Growing Companies and today, on the 7th day of the 7th month, we want to honor our brand and the people behind it. We invite you to celebrate Iridia day with us, by showing us how well you know the Iridia team, you will be eligible to win a $100 Harbor Air Gift Voucher!

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First let’s start with a few things we do know

  1. Our Vancouver based headquarters is affectionately named the “Iridiaplex”
  2. Working together to Enable Peace of Mind are our four divisions; Healthcare Consulting, Remote Care Services, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Solutions and Medical Education
  3. In 2013 the company re-branded and the name Iridia was born, a variant of Iridium, the 77th element in the Periodic Table
  4. Iridia’s Mobile Medical Unit (I-MASH) was the first big initiative under the new brand, offering remote work camps the mobility of an ambulance with the modern day amenities of a hospital
  5. Iridia and the SCA Division are a key partner in two public access to defibrillation (PAD) programs – the BC Heart and Stroke PAD Program and the National AED Program Federal Initiative
  6. In British Columbia, Iridia Medical is the leading provider of ongoing cardiac care education
  7. Iridians are amongst 1.5 million people participating in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC)!

Now, let’s see how well you know the people behind Iridia’s success

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The highly innovative team of individuals brings a wealth of knowledge and dynamic skills to the table, but do you know who prefers their greens over grits or who hails from the land down under? To commemorate Iridia Day, we challenge you to go behind the brand and test your Iridian knowledge for a chance to win big, and we’re talking BHAG big! By answering 7 out of 7 questions correctly your name will be entered in a draw to win a $100 Harbor Air Gift Voucher!

Think you got what it takes?

You must specify a text.
You must specify an email address.

Contest Rules and Regulations

Entry limited to one per person.  Must be over 18 years of age. Contest closes in 7 days. Winner announced on July 14, 2015. Although we welcome and encourage Iridia Medical staff to participate, your ballot will not be eligible for the prize draw.

 

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.