CRISP Current Studies

Introduction:  This research study is done on patients who are being admitted to the hospital from the emergency department with heart failure. The purpose of this study is to learn about how ultrasound imaging can be used to assess your heart, lungs, and fluid status while admitted to the hospital. Doctors at OHSU want to learn whether ultrasound imaging can aid in a physician’s assessment and treatment of patients with heart failure.

Introduction:  Because we are at OHSU, an academic institution, we do cutting edge research to improve health. In our department, this research study is done on patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of chest pain or heart palpitations. The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new test for patients with chest pain so that in the future we can detect any cardiac issues even earlier. Based the symptoms, the patients would qualify for our study, which is observational and without interventions. As part of the study, we do serial blood draws from an existing IV. This would help people in the future who are having chest pain symptoms.

Sponsor: The OHSU Emergency Department has been a part of the EMERGEncy ID NET Team since 1995.  This is a CDC grant funded network and in the last 20 years it has studied a wide range of emerging infectious diseases. The network has been a model for the creation of multi-center, emergency department and clinical syndrome-based research networks. Study activities and related publications have been directly translated into new treatment guidelines and practices that can prevent the occurrence and improve the management of acute infections in U.S. communities.  The research and surveillance network addresses the threat of emerging infectious diseases by assessing disease prevalence, risk factors, and management practices for acute presentations from the community among a diverse population presenting to emergency departments. It is comprised of 11 high-volume, geographically-diverse, and academically-affiliated emergency departments in the United States, which includes EMERGEncy ID NET hospitals serve a medically underserved population, including the indigent, the homeless, recent immigrants, and minorities, often underrepresented in other surveillance networks.

Introduction:  EMERGEncy ID NET’s most recent investigations include studying the emerging antibiotic resistance of Enterobacteriaceae causing urinary tract infections. Doctors at OHSU and across the nation are doing a study looking at the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in urinary tract infections. The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance and risk factors among adults with UTI requiring hospital admission, as well as the effectiveness of current treatment protocols.

Introduction: This research study is done in children who are being admitted to the emergency department with dehydration. The purpose of this study is to learn about a new device that can be used to assess hydration status in children. Doctors at OHSU want to learn whether this device can aid in detecting dehydration at home. If patients are willing, we will do a test to look at blood flow in the patient’s finger that is not painful and will take less than 2 minutes. There is ZERO cost to participate.

Introduction: The purpose of the study is to test a new home device that monitors signs that the body produces to try and identify acute episodes of worsening mental health before they happen to prevent future ED visits. It is a wrist worn watch-like device that the patient will wear continuously for 7 days and will also fill out a few study questionnaires. The patient receives a $50 gift card as a thank you for their time to not only help improve future care but also that of other patients.

Introduction:  This research study is being done on children who are evaluated for a head injury with imaging. The purpose of this study is to evaluate an imaging test (MRI) that does not expose children to radiation as our current standard (CT) does. We would like to obtain this additional imaging test on child with the appropriate parental consent. This is only done if the patient’s treating ED provider feels it is safe.  The patient nor the family are not charged for anything additional.

Introduction:  Researchers at OHSU are conducting a study about how adolescents manage pain. The purpose of this study is to help investigators learn more about pain and pain treatment in adolescents. You may be eligible for this research study because you are between the ages of 14-18 and have presented to the ED with an acute pain injury. If you are interested, we will pass along your contact information to the OHSU study team, and a member of the study team will reach out to determine eligibility for enrollment. Any information they collect will be kept confidential.