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Zero Harm: Impossible or "I'm Possible"?

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When he woke, he was active and then became increasingly distressed. He thrashed violently in his bed followed by becoming completely unresponsive. I checked for a pulse and found none. I immediately called a code and began chest compressions.

That is the situation Ashley Van Der Zee found herself in as she finished one of her very first shifts as a new nurse. She had only recently graduated from Washington State University College of Nursing.

Ashley’s efforts continued for 30 minutes and ultimately saved the patient. Her story exemplifies how simulation-based training can prepare someone to turn the seemingly impossible into an “I’m possible.”

Laerdal's Commitment

Earlier this year, our CEO, Tore Laerdal, declared Laerdal's commitment to achieving zero preventable harm.  Hear what he had to say.