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Medical Simulation Corporation to Introduce Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Program at International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare
Date:1/5/2009

Simulation-based program to help healthcare providers put a cap on VAP

DENVER, Jan. 5, /PRNewswire/ -- Medical Simulation Corporation (MSC) will introduce a new program to increase the competence and confidence(TM) of all healthcare team members who care for hospital inpatients receiving mechanical ventilation at the premier conference on medical simulation, the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), January 10-14, in Orlando, Florida.

The Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) Program is the latest offering in a full menu of MSC education solutions that focus on nationally-recognized patient safety and quality initiatives. MSC will present the VAP program in the IMSH exhibit hall, with opportunities for conference attendees to participant in simulation-based VAP training scenarios using a human-patient simulator.

Ventilator associated pneumonia, pneumonia that occurs more than 48 hours after the initiation of mechanical ventilation, has garnered increasing attention by organizations that track the morbidity and mortality associated with this hospital-acquired condition. There are an estimated 300,000 patients annually at an increased cost to U.S. healthcare of $1.2 billion, and VAP mortality accounts for over 60 percent of all deaths due to hospital-associated infection. Organizations such as the IHI (5 Million Lives Campaign) and the CDC have developed national initiatives to reduce the incidence and mortality associated with VAP.

MSC's comprehensive Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Program includes a web-based course and a hands-on simulation workshop that brings together the IHI and CDC recommendations for early identification and treatment of
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