September 18, 2008

Ventilation Care Collaborative With Chicago 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 Associated Pneumonia: Prevention, Protocols, and Pay for Performance" Dr. Michael Gropper, nationally recognized critical care specialist

Facilitated panel discussion highlights:

-- Results of a new Proportional Assist(TM)(1) Ventilation Plus (PAV(TM)(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. Keynote speaker and panel member bios and background are available at

Panel Moderator:

-- Craig Leonard, R.R.T., coordinator, professional practice and development department of respiratory care, Northwestern Memorial Hospital


-- Michael A. Gropper, M.D., Ph.D., professor and vice chair, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, Critical Care Medicine, UCSF (keynote speaker and panelist)

-- David McElligott, M.D. pulmonologist and medical director, Edward Hospital

-- Joan T. Cecich, M.H.A., R.R.T., A.E.-C., clinical instructor, clinical leader, Edward Hospital

-- William J. Duffy, R.N., M.J., C.N.O.R., vice president of nursing and perioperative services, North Shore University Health System

When: Thursday, Sept. 25, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

-- Registration: 9:00-9:30 a.m.

-- Welcome: 9:30-9:40 a.m.

-- Keynote Address: 9:40-10:20 a.m.

-- VAP Panel Discussion: 10:20 a.m.-11:20 a.m.

-- Break: 11:20-11:30 a.m.

-- Ventilation Panel Discussion: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

-- Closing Remarks: 12:30-12:45 p.m.

-- Lunch: 12:45-1:30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago

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

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