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American College of Cardiology and Center of Excellence for Simulation Research of Western Michigan University (CESR) Partner for in situ Simulation to Improve Team Communication and Door-to-Balloon (D2B) Time
Date:10/20/2008

ent for United Airlines, has been a leader in adapting in situ simulation technology to healthcare models. Dr. Hamman, Director of CESR, said, "Communication among team members is a critical element to shoring up safety and improving performance. In situ simulation offers a unique opportunity for clinical and interventional cardiologists, emergency department physicians, nurses, technicians, and paramedics to identify and rectify communication and system barriers to optimal acute MI care."

"We are excited to have been selected by the ACCF/CESR partnership as the provider of endovascular simulation technology for this important project," said Tim Shannon, VP of Sales and Marketing, Mentice Inc. "Team communication, when compromised, contributes to medical errors, increased costs and additional time, which translates into lost lives and poor patient outcomes." The Mentice technology enhances the in situ experience by capturing valuable data for the researchers to evaluate during the post-simulation assessment of how each team's communication skills impacted the treatment outcome. According to Shannon, " ... the medical community will applaud the efforts of the ACCF/CESR partnership in its drive to improve patient outcomes as evidenced by this endeavor."

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is leading the way to optimal cardiovascular care and disease prevention. The ACC is a 37,000-member nonprofit medical society and bestows the credential Fellow of the American College of Cardiology upon physicians who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. For more information, visit http://www.acc.org.

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