AEDs are Everywhere, Help us Find Them!

AEDs are Everywhere

For the past few months, we’ve found a new hobby at Iridia and we’d like to invite you to participate!

Before we get into the prizes and incentives, we ask that you take a minute to watch the following PSA created by Transport for London:

 

Now think about this: when and where was the last time you saw an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?  As you’ve just learned, it’s easy to miss something you’re not looking for.

We want to change this.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone, at any time, and anywhere. You never know when your CPR skills and an AED will be needed and only when you start looking do you become aware of AEDs.

As a company that implements public AED programs, among other services, finding AEDs is kind of exciting. 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. So far we have 88 photos from across North America, Asia, and Europe!

We decided to create an interactive map to show that AEDs really are everywhere. We now want this map to grow, which is why we’re inviting you to do some AED spotting as part of our first AED spotting competition to be held until December 31st, 2013.

 

AEDs Everywhere Map – View Fullscreen

Why should you participate?

  1. You can’t recall the last time you saw an AED.
  2. You want to win a $30 gift card to Chapters – our favourite store to promote lifelong learning.
  3. More importantly, for every unique photo of an AED, Iridia Medical will donate $1 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, up to a maximum of $500.

How can you participate?

  1. Find an AED.
  2. Take a photo of the AED (you can be in it too!).
  3. Email the photo and location to ssaito@iridiamedical.com who will add it to the map. You can also upload the photo directly to our AEDs Everywhere map by clicking on the Add button on the top right-hand corner.
  4. Pat yourself on the back for your $1 donation.
  5. Repeat!

As you’ve learned from the PSA above, it’s easy to miss something you’re not looking for – so let’s start looking for AEDs and do some good at the same time.

 

Contest Details: Contest commences on December 2nd and closes on December 31st, 2013. To be entered in the contest, you must submit a photo and location of an AED to Shannon Saito or directly to the map. Submitting multiple photos will not increase your chances of winning the Chapters gift card. Submitting multiple photos will, however, increase the donation amount to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, up to a total of $500. On January 2nd 2014, we will conduct a random draw and announce the winner via social media. The winner will also be notified via email. By submitting photos to Iridia Medical, we do not own the rights to your photo -- you're simply lending us rights for specific uses (on the AEDs Everywhere map, social media, company newsletter) and submitting your photo does not preclude you from using it in any way you see fit in the future.

AEDs From Coast to Coast

We Love AEDs

As you might already know, we love our Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at Iridia Medical.

In fact, our company was founded because of this passion for AEDs and their life-saving abilities.  In 1998, publicly-accessible AEDs and workplace AED programs did not exist – only ambulance attendants and fire rescue personnel had access to AEDs. We challenged this practice and pioneered the first public-access AED program in British Columbia. As the foundation of our expanding company, we remain passionate about AEDs and continue to implement and support AED programs across Canada.

Since 1998, we have become a leading distributor of Cardiac Science and Physio-Control AEDs and have placed thousands across the country – 1,998 AEDs in 269 cities/towns/communities to be exact (as of September 19, 2013).

It can be difficult to visualize numbers and for this reason, we created our Iridia AED Placement map. Not only is this information better visualized but it also speaks to the level of importance that has been placed on AEDs and access to them. Even some of the smallest of towns are equipped with an AED in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

1,998 AEDs Throughout Canada

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On this map, we’ve also included AEDs placed through the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s BC Public Access to Defibrillation Program. In this Program, initiated in February 2013, 450 AEDs over a period of three years will be donated to communities across the province. As the exclusive distributer for the Program, we are proud to have placed 100 AEDs across the province (as of September 18, 2013).

We will be updating this map with every AED we place and together we can raise Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival rates from coast to coast.