What is an AED Program?

The Impact of Cardiac Arrest

In 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 for this condition is the early delivery of an electric shock by an automated external defibrillator (AED). Response time is critical; for every minute of delay in delivering the shock, survival rates for SCA victims decrease by 7-10 percent.

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The Solution

Recognizing the link between increased survival rates in SCA victims and the prompt use of a defibrillator, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) has recommended that all Canadians:

  • Have widespread access to automated external defibrillators.
  • Be trained and encouraged to apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED skills when needed.

When applied to the workplace, these recommendations entail implementing a program that makes AEDs readily available and ensures that staff are well prepared to use them when needed.

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Our AED Program Process

Iridia provides an AED Program that includes three indispensable components:

1) The AED device, associated accessories, and servicing

Iridia is British Columbia’s sole distributor of LIFEPAK AEDs and we are a regional distributor of Powerheart G3 Plus AED. Both manufacturers are renown for their use of leading-edge technology, the reliability of their units, and after purchase service provided.

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2) 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, and use a defibrillator properly. Our AED training workshops ensure that participants are able to respond effectively when the time comes.

3) Medical direction (a WorkSafeBC recommendation)

Iridia provides a medical direction package, consisting of the following components:

  • Emergency medical response procedures
  • Emergency Health Services liaison
  • Operational debriefing
  • Post incident call review
  • Physician consultation
  • Critical incident stress referrals

Our medical direction package is designed to maximize the value of your AED, and exceeds the recommendations from WorkSafeBC, the HSFC, and Health Canada.

Our Company

Since 1998, Iridia has overseen the training and certification of over 10,000 lay rescuers in the use of AEDs. Dr. Allan Holmes, a fellowship-trained Emergency Physician, is an expert in pre-hospital care and has worked extensively with Occupational First Aid Attendants, fire rescue personnel and the BC Ambulance Service. We currently provide medical direction to over 300 clients including 140 fire departments throughout the province.

Prince George Fire Rescue – EMR Trial

On June 11th, 2012 our Founder at Iridia, Dr. Allan Holmes spoke to the Prince George City Council to give an update on the Emergency Medical Response (EMR) trial currently underway with Prince George Fire Rescue (PGFR).

As the Medical Director for PGFR, Dr. Holmes was tasked with delivering a presentation summarizing the project to date.

View the presentation:

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Prince George Fire Rescue – Chief John Lane:

“The EMR Program has proven safe, cost effective, and has improved the emergency medical care provided to Prince George’s citizens.  The results have been presented at a meeting of the Provincial Medical Leadership Council (PMLC) on May 10, 2012.  The PMLC was urged to recommend to the Emergency and Health Services Commission (EHSC) that the Prince George EMR Program is made permanent, and that similar initiatives by other Fire Services in BC be approved.  The PMLC was also urged to recommend the EHSC follow provincial regulation and EMA Licensing Branch policy compelling individuals to provide care at their license level at all times.”

Read the full staff report to Prince George City Council:

Prince George Fire Rescue

At Iridia we are thrilled to have the opportunity to have worked with John Lane and Prince George Fire Rescue in the development of the EMR trial. We truly hope this is just the beginning for pre-hospital care.

Sun Peaks – Emergency Medical Responder Protocol

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Currently, Iridia is working with Sun Peaks Fire Rescue in the development of an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) protocol.   Emergency Medical Responder Protocol Sun Peaks was one of two B.C. fire departments chosen for a pilot project allowing firefighters to … Continue reading