Press release: California Institute for Nursing & Health Care and Laerdal Medical Create Preferred Purchasing Agreement for California Simulation Alliance

BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwire - 09/23/10) - The California Institute for Nursing & Health Care has reached a preferred purchasing agreement with Laerdal Medical Corporation that permits California Simulation Alliance (CSA) member organizations to purchase Laerdal products at preferred discount prices.

The agreement is available to CSA members through May 31, 2013 and permits CSA members to purchase specified Laerdal products, including manikins, skill trainers, patient simulators, and other educational products. The complete list of qualified products is available from CINHC.

"We are pleased to offer CSA members this preferred pricing program," said K.T. Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CINHC program director for simulation. "The growth of simulation education programs is accelerating and we trust that this program will make it possible for even more hospitals, nursing and medical schools and paramedic programs to offer simulation training."

The CSA serves as a statewide voice for simulation in nursing and health care education, disseminates information to stakeholders and facilitates state funding for simulation use and expansion. There are currently six statewide regional collaboratives within Alliance: Rural Northern Area Simulation Collaborative, Capital Area Simulation Collaborative, Bay Area Simulation Collaborative, Central Valley Simulation Collaborative, Southern California Simulation Collaborative, and the San Diego Simulation Collaborative. Contact information for each of these groups is available at

"We are pleased to contribute to advancing the use of simulation technology in California," said Bruce J. Cadwell, Laerdal National Accounts Manager. "Studies show that simulation education significantly improves nurses' clinical knowledge and skills."

This agreement will ensure Laerdal's support of CSA members' requirements and needs across our broad range of products and services.

The California Institute for Nursing & Health Care, CINHC, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to collaboratively developing statewide solutions to a critical nursing shortage and related nursing issues that affect the health of all Californians. For more information visit

Laerdal Medical, one of the world's leading providers of Healthcare Solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning, and Medical Education. Laerdal is pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to the medical professional. For more information, visit