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Critical Care Medicine Research

Research has always been an important mission of the Critical Care Division at Baystate Medical Center.  Currently there are over 12 on-going clinical trials studying different formulations for treating severe sepsis, adult respiratory distress syndrome, acute lung injury, and nosocomial pneumonia.

The Critical Care Division has won inclusion in some important clinical trials:

  • A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Ganciclovir/Valganciclovir for Prevention of Cytomegalovirus Reactivation in Acute Lung Injury.   NHLBI
  • Identifying Effective Strategies to Disclose Prognosis in Patients with Acute Lung Injury No.  IR01HL094553-01. NHLBI

The Critical Care faculty are active clinical researchers with recent published research in outcome assessment, severity scoring, novel therapeutics for shock and ARDS, value-based care, cost analysis, ethics, sedatives and neuromuscular blocking agents.

The goals for Critical Care Fellows participating in research in the Critical Care Division at Baystate Medical Center including developing an understanding of how research ideas evolve, the nuances of study design, the importance of developing an informed consent form and subsequently obtaining informed consent, implementing a research protocol and carrying out the research project in a way that is scientifically rigorous as well as compassionate and humanistic.