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Intensive Care - current research projects

Review of sedation and analgesia management and weaning practice guidelines: an inter-professional quality improvement project to decrease incidence of Iatrogenic Withdrawal in a PICU

Sedation and analgesia, used in pediatric intensive care to keep patients safe and comfortable can also cause iatrogenic withdrawal syndrome (IWS). The goal of this quality improvement project are to decrease the incidence and severity of iatrogenic withdrawal syndrome (IWS) from in patients intubated and ventilated in PICU. 

This study will start in December 2017/January 2018. For more information about this study, please contact Katie O'Hearn, Study Coordinator. The principal investigator of this study is Dr. Tatiana Sampaio.

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Using simulation for Audit and Feedback Review of Adverse Events (USAFER)

The purpose of this study is to create initiatives to reduce adverse medical events through physician input. Physicians are currently being recruited to participate in a simulation of an adverse medical event. A brief scenario will be followed by a confidential team debrief where the physician will help create initiatives to prevent the error from occurring again.
The USAFER study opens in September 2016. CHEO authors include Anna Theresa Lobos, Christina Ramsay, Dale Dalgleish; for more information please contact Dale Dalgleish.

Death Prediction and Physiology after Removal of Therapy (DePPaRT)
The DePPaRT study aims to address the shortage of available organs in Canada by first addressing directly our shortage of empirical knowledge about donation processes. This study will document the physiology of the dying process and, under the leadership of Dr. Jason Shahin from McGill University, will also aim to develop a tool that will allow doctors to predict how long it will take patients to die after the removal of life sustaining therapy. A qualitative component of the study let by Prof. Jennifer Chandler from the University of Ottawa will investigate the decision-making surrounding consent for organ donation and how family members felt when their loved ones became organ donors or were unable to proceed to donation. Results from both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of this study will inform DCD policy and practice and could lead to improvements in the uptake of the practice, both nationally and internationally.
The CHEO lead is Dr. Sonny Dhanani, and for more information about this project that runs until December 2017, please contact Amanda van Beinum, Study Coordinator at CHEO.





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