SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline University, Free CE, Continuing Education, Nursing Education

May 17, 2010 13:04 ET

Redesigned Medline University Creates Anytime, Anywhere Access to Free Continuing Education for Clinicians

More Than 50 Courses Now Available Online for Desktop and Mobile Users

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -  Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, today announced significant enhancements to Medline University (MU), its online resource for clinical education and product training for healthcare providers. The revamped website ( now includes free unlimited access to CE credit courses, live webinars, downloadable podcasts, real-time news feeds and innovative interactive competency tools.

"Today's generation of nurses and other healthcare providers face an exploding volume of literature and increasing attention to the quality and outcomes of medical care. It can be a challenge to find access to the educational sessions needed to stay up-to-date on new technologies and procedures," said Alecia Cooper, R.N., B.S., M.B.A., C.N.O.R., Medline's senior vice president of clinical services. "The new Medline University gives healthcare providers the opportunity to tailor and manage a curriculum specifically to their staffs' education needs -- 24 hours a day/seven days a week."

More than 50 courses are now available covering topics in home care, long-term care, acute care, infection control, incontinence, operating room issues, pressure ulcer prevention, respiratory care and wound care. New staff participation and progress tracking features give healthcare providers a hand in implementing facility specific educational programs and plans. Users also have access to a video library featuring dozens of healthcare experts addressing the healthcare industry's hottest topics.

The anytime, anywhere educational access of MU content is now also enhanced by its new free CE iPhone® and iPod touch® app, now available for download from Apple's iTunes store. Courses are available as audio files, which can be streamed as podcasts to MP3 players and other mobile devices, and as Adobe Acrobat PDF documents for viewing.

Another major addition to MU is cutting edge competency training tools. These animated courses place health care professionals in virtual clinical settings and provide hands-on training on procedures such as inserting a urinary catheter and assessing patients for pressure ulcers.

MU courses are prepared by highly qualified staff at Medline and are approved as continuing education contact hours by the Florida Board of Nursing and the California Board of Registered Nursing. Many of the courses are also certified by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

About Medline Industries, Inc.
Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals, extended-care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill, Medline has more than 800 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest-growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities and on-staff clinicians.

Medline has a growing network of 34 distribution centers around the country, as well as an expanding, dedicated transportation fleet with over 180 vehicles in a variety of sizes to fit customers' specific delivery needs. The fleet is equipped with the latest navigation devices for enhanced order tracking and communication.

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