August 25, 2008

Ventilation Care Collaborative With Pittsburgh Medical Community: Professionals Share Best Practices Leading to Improved Outcomes


What: National and local experts in respiratory, pulmonary and critical care will gather for a peer-to-peer discussion about new study results and best practices. Local and national hospitals will be recognized for improvements in patient care.

 Keynote presentation:   Ventilator Assisted Pneumonia and ICU Outcomes William Alleyne, M.D., nationally recognized pulmonologist 

Facilitated panel discussion highlights:

-- Results of a new Proportional Assist(1) Ventilation Plus (PAV(1)+) software study.

-- Challenges with diagnosing Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP), including ventilator protocol and reviews with radiology and infection control.

-- Compliance and tracking effectiveness of VAP bundles.

-- Best-practice recommendations and VAP reduction strategies in evidence-based medicine.

-- Questions and answers from panel members and attending pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and critical care specialists.

Who: Nationally and locally renowned experts in respiratory, pulmonary and critical care. Bios and background available on

Host: Roger S. Mecca, M.D., vice president, medical affairs, Covidien Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions

-- William F. Alleyne II, M.D., F.C.C.P., pulmonary critical care physician, Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C. (keynote speaker and panelist)

-- Bill Dubbs, director of management and education, American Association for Respiratory Care (panelist)

-- Robert A. Seeley, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N., manager, Critical Care Unit, Heritage Valley Beaver (panelist)

-- Gail Varcelotti, B.S., R.R.T., district director, Southwest District of the Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care (moderator)

-- Joseph Darby, M.D., Critical Care Medicine, UPMC Presbyterian

-- Brian W. Carlin, M.D., fellowship director (pulmonary disease training program), Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, P.A. (panelist)

When: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

-- Registration: 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

-- Lunch and Keynote: 12:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

-- Panel Discussion: 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Station Square Hotel, 300 W. Station Square Dr., Pittsburgh

Media are invited to attend the Ventilation Collaborative. Individual desk-side briefings will be scheduled on the morning prior to the event upon request.

Sponsored by Covidien (

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