Clinical Innovations in Procedures, Practices and Interventions to Be Debuted During New Premier Healthcare Alliance Serie

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A new Premier healthcare alliance program will debut market-shifting clinical procedures, diagnostic practices and therapeutic interventions that offer significant quality improvement and cost savings.

Ten advancements will be featured at the 2011 Clinical Innovation Series, which will take place at Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition June 14-17 in Nashville, Tenn. The innovations focus on issues ranging from patient safety and preventing healthcare-associated infections to parenteral nutrition to developing treatment models for patients with severe sepsis.

See below for a list of sessions.

“The Clinical Innovation Series provides a platform for the latest advancements in innovation that define and drive the healthcare industry,” said Mike Alkire, president of Premier Purchasing Partners. “It takes Premier’s focus on innovation to the next level by introducing hands-on, industry-changing clinical procedures in collaboration with our contracted suppliers.”

A multidisciplinary committee of Premier alliance members selected the contract categories of focus for this year’s series. All contracted suppliers within the selected contract categories were invited to participate.

Continued Alkire, “The intent of this forum is not to feature products for the sake of marketing purposes; in fact, all content must be non-promotional. Instead, we welcome the opportunity to showcase how these solutions can help our members provide higher-value care at a lower cost.”

The series adds to the Breakthroughs Conference’s educational draw, offering additional continuing education credits for physicians and clinicians.

2011 Clinical Innovation Series Sessions

Peripherally inserted center catheters (PICC) and the P-wave: Can they work together to confirm tip position? - Kimberly Grace Alsbrooks, RT(R), RN, VA-BC, PICC, business analyst, Bard Access Systems

Parenteral nutrition: Effectively managing patient care - Mark DeLegge, MD, medical director, Baxter Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: BAX)

Improved patient safety using patient-controlled analgesia pause protocol with continuous, integrated, wireless respiratory monitoring - CareFusion Corporation (NYSE: CFN) and Ann Holmes, RN, MS, nurse manager, Munson Medical Center (Traverse City, Mich.)

Developing a sustainable treatment model for the severely septic patient population - Albert H. Minjock, RN, director of clinical and economic services, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Hospital interoperability and integration - Chris Tenley, national sales engineering manager, Hospira Worldwide (NYSE: HSP); and Scott Zielski, general manager, system technologies and services, Hospira Worldwide

Improving catheter maintenance to reduce central line blood stream infections: Facility implementation of a central line cap change kit - ICU Medical Inc. and Belinda Bordeaux, RN, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (Norfolk, Va.)

Infection: The risk is real - Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX) and Faisal Masud, MD, FCCP, medical director, cardiovascular intensive care unit, Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center (Houston); associate professor of clinical anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medical College (New York)

Unraveling the mystery of osteobiologics - Heather Brennan, PhD, senior product manager, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation

Synthetic bone graft and the patient's bone marrow aspirate: An alternative to both invasive bone harvesting - Dennis G. Smiler, D.D.S., M.Sc.D, president and CEO, NuBone LLC; and Brian Kane, director of market development, NuBone LLC

Small volume infusions: A paradigm shift - Anne Swanson, MSN, RNC, director of professional services, Smiths Medical

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 75,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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