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!

SCA Awareness – When an Apple Isn’t Apple

If someone were to ask you “what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of October?” Three likely responses would be:

  • Thanksgiving
  • Halloween
  • My Birthday (if your birthday is in October that is)

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At Iridia, we don’t want to forget about those days, but we would like to see a fourth option. If you’re ever asked that question, we hope you will say “October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Month.”

Why is SCA a big deal? You may be thinking “why do we need more awareness? Every movie or crime show out there throws a cardiac arrest into their plot.” You are right, however, we know Hollywood isn’t always accurate and we have the statistics to back that claim up!

The most important thing to know is sudden cardiac arrest is not a type of heart attack, that’s like comparing Apples and Oranges. SCA occurs when the heart has an “electrical malfunction” and stops pumping blood to the rest of the body. A heart attack occurs when the heart has a “plumbing problem” where a blockage prevents the flow of blood to the heart. That’s a big difference.

If you’re like 70% of the population, you didn’t know that.

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As a leader in the development of medical education; it is our responsibility to help spread SCA Awareness. We believe by learning about SCA you can understand the importance of knowing the difference and even help prevent and treat SCA. Knowing the difference, combined with the right tools such as knowledge of CPR and an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), you can administer life saving care to those who need it.

Learn more about SCA Awareness Month and difference between apples and oranges here from the Heart Rhythm Society.

  • Save 10% on all AEDs purchased during the month! *Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts*