Research

Current Areas of Focus

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Morning Rounds

The Medical ICU is currently focused on standardizing morning rounds for patients and all members of the care team.  CCAAP volunteers audit daily rounds to ensure agreed upon standards of discussion are being met. 

Choosing Wisely 

In alignment with the American Board of Internal Medicines Critical Care recommendations, the Medical ICU has been tracking the reduction of labs ordered at regular intervals.  Volunteers assist with daily chart audits and other data gathering

Passive Range of Motion

Volunteers assist with performing passive range of motion on eligible MICU patients as part of a large initiative on the unit to implement the ABCDEF bundle

Past CCAAP Research

Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) Bundle Compliance: provided statistics to managers and staff regarding the compliance with VAP prevention bundle in place at OHSU's Cardiac and Medical Intensive Care Unit.

STIP: Statin Trial for Influenza Patients: multi-center, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial of the novel use of statins for the treatment of acute lung injury associated with influenza.

PROWESS-Shock Trial (sponsored by Eli Lilly Co.): multi-center, randomized, double-bind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of the safety and efficacy of activated human protein C in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.  ClinTrials.gov #NCT00604214.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Sepsis: Volunteers learn how to screen patients for sepsis, one of the leading causes of death in ICUs world-wide.  This data is being used to evaluate the current sepsis treatments at OHSU