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

August 25, 2008


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 http://media.zapvap.com.

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 (www.covidien.com).

(1) Trademarks of The University of Manitoba, Canada, used under license.

About Covidien

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