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

AEDs Everywhere Map – View Fullscreen

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

 

 

Patient Safety in the Dental Office

Midwinter Clinic

Is your dental practice as safe as it could be? In this blog we’ll be discussing several ways dentists can enhance patient safety in the dental office. If you’d like to learn even more, visit Iridia at booth #36 at this years’ Midwinter clinic!

At last years’ Midwinter Clinic, we showcased our AEDs, promoted our education courses and supported Dr. Jamie Renwick, one of our physician consultants and instructors, on his presentation about the practical management of life threatening dental emergencies.

Dr. Renwick’s presentation was engaging and provided dentists with key information to enhance the safety of their practice. Dozens of dentists visited our booth afterwards and inquired about the purchase of an AED for their clinic and the specialized training courses we can provide. In response of the positive feedback and in anticipation of the Pacific Dental Conference, we wanted to share some of the key points from Dr. Renwick’s presentation to build awareness for both dentists and their patients.

As Dr. Renwick mentioned in his presentation, life threatening injuries aren’t common in the dental office, but they do happen.  With this in mind, below are some best practices to developing an effective response to medical emergencies in the dental office.

1. Know your patients

Knowing your patients’ medical histories will help you make better decisions in critical situations –update them at each visit.

2. Anxiety reduction

Anxiety is a major factor causing medical emergencies in the dental office – syncope, panic attacks, asthma, and angina can all be precipitated by anxiety.  Attempt to identify anxious patients and try to reduce the waiting times prior to any procedure.  For many patients, providing detailed explanations of procedures may reduce anxiety.

3. Prepare and Practice for Emergencies

All staff members should be trained in Basic Life Support (BLS) – this includes the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator – more on this later.  It’s always a good idea if staff takes BLS together; learning to respond to an emergency as a team is crucial to optimal patient outcomes. Consider developing formal emergency response policies and posting response process algorithms in visible areas –this will help keep response procedures fresh in everyone’s mind.  Lastly, don’t forget to rehearse and practice emergency response simulations with your entire staff at least every 2 years.

Life Support Education

4. Assemble a Resuscitation Kit

Having all essential drugs and equipment in one place will save time and keep you organized when you’re responding to an emergency situation – it will also help keep you calm.  Consider including items such as an Epinephrine auto-injector, Ventolin inhalers, and H1/H2 blockers.

5. Lifesaving Equipment

AEDs are everywhere these days and many dentists are opting to have one in their office for cardiac emergencies; many US states have mandated that dentists have an AED in their facility.  Similarly, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC proposed new changes to policy regulating the practice of minimal and moderate sedation for dentists in BC.  One of these proposed changes called for a mandatory installation of AEDs in dental facilities providing certain procedures. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) affects all ages and for every minute that lapses before defibrillation, your patients’ survival rates will decrease by 10% – consider purchasing an AED for your office to give patients the best chance for survival.

Conclusion

As life expectancy increase, dentists are treating a growing number of medically compromised patients, increasing the likelihood of a medical emergency during treatment; what’s more, is that emergencies like SCA can happen to anyone at any time.  Enhancing the safety of your practice through improved policy, training, and equipment will ensure you and your staff respond to medical emergencies with the best versions of yourselves.

As a leading provider of AEDs, medical education, and medical equipment, we’re confident that taking the steps to enhance the safety of your practice is an investment that will pay returns to both your business and your patients.

For more information about AEDs, contact Julie Turley .

AEDs in Canada, Brought to You by Team Iridia!

AEDs in Canada

It’s already been an active year for Iridia Medical’s AED department. Late in 2013 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) were making headlines in the media with the CBC Marketplace feature “Shock to the System.” This publicity has kept us busy working to further raise awareness of AEDs in Canada.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. You never know when your CPR skills and an AED will be needed, and you might need to know one day exactly where they’re located. That’s why we’re tracking AEDs through our AEDs Everywhere campaign – a crowdsourcing campaign to map the location of AEDs all around the world.

Check out Iridia’s AED scavenger hunt in action:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Last November we saw the launch of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Federal AED Program. Iridia is a preferred distributer for the 3-year program and we have already placed AEDs and provided training across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon.

We are continuing to work with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC on their Public Access to Defibrillation Program (PAD). To date the BC PAD program has placed 178 AEDs into Communities across the province. We have already seen a life saved, and we know that many more will be saved over the course of the program! 

Richmond Save Visit

Minoru Aquatic Centre - AEDs in Canada

Earlier this year, Iridia’s AED team was lucky enough to meet a group of local heroes. We met with the Lifeguard staff at Minoru Aquatic Centre in Richmond responsible for saving an individual’s life with CPR and an AED. We were proud to present them with a Save Certificate honouring their impressive lifesaving actions!

Buildex

In February, we attended Buildex 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. We spoke to many contractors, construction companies and property management firms about starting AED programs at their work sites. We would love to see AEDs required as part of BC’s building code. This type of legislation would be a great leap forward in creating wider public access to defibrillators.

Pacific Dental

AEDs in Canada

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC are in the process of adjusting their Dental Sedation Guidelines. Some of the proposed changes include the recommendation of an AED at all dental offices offering sedation and requiring dentists to be Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified. At the Pacific Dental Conference, we answered questions and provided information about the proposed guideline changes and Iridia’s dental solutions. Iridia’s AED and education teams are prepared to help all BC dentists create programs to meet the new sedation guidelines.

Lunch and Learn @ YVR

The Iridia AED team has been taking our show on the road lately! In January, we packed up the Ambu-Smartman and delivered a Lunch and Learn at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The talk covered SCA and the benefits of using an AED, while our Ambu-Smartman competition saw some of the highest scores we have ever seen from one group!

American Heart Association’s CPR Kiosk

Airports have been at the forefront of CPR and AED programs for many years now, and many are actively promoting CPR and AED training. Last year we saw the Dallas-Fortworth Airport unveil the American Heart Association’s CPR Kiosk, which allowed people to practice their CPR skills while they waited for flights.

Iridia’s AED Department is always available to answer questions and provide information about starting an AED program in your community or workplace. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re here to help.

 

 

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.