WakeMed News Releases

August 8, 2011
Demonstration to take place in the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning

RALEIGH, N.C.—August 8, 2011—On Wednesday, August 10, 2011, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) will join WakeMed Health & Hospitals and clinical technology provider Hospira, Inc., to learn how technology can be leveraged in the fight against health care-associated infections (HAIs). The demonstration will be held in WakeMed’s Center for Innovative Learning, a regional center designed to facilitate realistic multi-disciplinary clinical training and education.

The visit will showcase Hospira’s TheraDocTM Clinical Surveillance System, a software system that alerts care providers in real time to health care-associated infections, anti-microbial resistance, infections and other diseases of public health concern. Identifying these patients early can help prevent the spread of infection or disease within the hospital, resulting in better outcomes for patients and a significantly lower cost of care. In the United States an estimated 1.7 million patients develop an HAI each year, and 99,000 die as a result, adding $28-33 billion in health care costs annually.

What: Health care-associated infection prevention demonstration with Sen. Burr

Who: Sen. Richard Burr
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Hospira, Inc.

When: Wednesday August 10, 2011
10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT

Where: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Raleigh Campus
3024 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610

To RSVP as a media participant for this event, please contact: Heather Monackey, senior public relations specialist, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, at (919) 350-7975 or HMonackey@wakemed.org.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.

About The TheraDoc Clinical Surveillance Platform
TheraDoc systems are actively used in more than 300 U.S. hospitals, making critical patient information and medical knowledge readily available to help clinicians intervene quickly, prescribe appropriately and improve the quality of patient care, as well as facilitate reporting of HAIs via the NHSN. The TheraDoc clinical surveillance platform is the engine that powers several knowledge modules, including the Infection Control Assistant™, Antibiotic Assistant™, ADE Assistant™, Clinical Alerts Assistant™ and Anticoagulation Assistant™. For more information about TheraDoc, visit http://www.theradoc.com or call (801) 415-4400.

About Hospira
Hospira, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company dedicated to Advancing WellnessTM. As the world leader in specialty generic injectable pharmaceuticals, Hospira offers one of the broadest portfolios of generic acute-care and oncology injectables, as well as integrated infusion therapy and medication management solutions. Through its products, Hospira helps improve the safety, cost, and productivity of patient care. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., and has approximately 14,000 employees. Learn more at http://www.hospira.com.


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