About Atrium University

Atrium University was established in 1999 to provide nurses with an easy way to identify noncommercial educational materials provided by Atrium Medical Corporation. The Clinical Update newsletter began in 1997.

In 2010, to comply with new guidelines regarding commercial support of professional continuing education, Atrium University moved to its own Web site dedicated solely to professional education without product-specific information.

Atrium University has partnered with Patricia Carroll, MS, RN-BC, RRT, a registered nurse and registered respiratory therapist who is a recognized expert in cardiopulmonary care to develop educational materials. Pat published her first article on managing patients with chest tubes in 1986 and since then has written 12 peer-reviewed articles about caring for patients with chest drainage that are indexed in PubMed. She has contributed to nursing textbooks, video, and computer-based instruction about chest drainage.

Until she retired from traveling in 2005, Pat spoke at the American Association for Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute for twenty consecutive years. Her last appearance, speaking in the Getinge booth, was at NTI 2018 in Boston. She is also a professional continuing education specialist, board certified in nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is an emeritus faculty member in the School of Health Sciences at Excelsior College.

Atrium University is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Atrium Medical Corporation, a Getinge Company.