Ventilating patients in the operating room constitutes the largest number of patients exposed to mechanical ventilation in this country and world wide [many millions of patients]. Postoperative pulmonary problems may, in part, due to the mechanical ventilation received in the OR. Yet, this cohort has never been systematically studied in terms of the effect of specific ventilatory patterns on postoperative outcomes. Data ...more »
What is the most effective way to phenotype (classify) patients with respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation?
An individual metric to inform about the additive and not individual impact of comorbidities on critical illness and peri-operative mortality. For instance, we know the impact of COPD or MI or CKD on mortality after hemicolectomy, but not necessarily the additive impact of all three.
Large scale implementation of “change of culture” studies by which to revamp the approach to early removal of sedation and mechanical ventilation, coupled with monitoring of the brain and early mobility.
Can novel therapeutics including cell-based therapy be tested in patients with severe acute lung injury (P/F <200) and shock (need for vasopressors) since these are the patients with the highest mortality (> 30%) based on NHLBI ARDS Network data?
Acute cardiovascular complications are frequent in critical illness and injury, occurring on a spectrum that includes troponin leak or demand ischemia to acute occlusive coronary events and lethal arrhythmias. They arise in the course of similar acute illnesses but they epidemiology, pathogenesis, treatment and long-term consequences are unknown. Are they the result of a generalized inflammatory state that persists ...more »
Are dietary fruits and vegetables, particularly leafy greens, protective against cardiovascular disease due to their ability to increase bioavailability of nitric oxide?
Microvascular ischemia is common, particularly in the setting of critical illness. We need better ways to evaluate, diagnose and treat these conditions, whether they relate to microvascular myocardial ischemia, as a primary diagnosis of complication of other acute illness, or non-myocardial ischemia during the course of surgery, injury, infection or acute illness.
Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitalized patients, the 3rd leading cause of death in all people in the US, the most common condition leading to widespread vascular collapse, among the most common causes of respiratory failure, and a frequent cause of acute cardiac dysfunction.
What is the relation of environmental factors such as cigarette smoke exposure to the risk of developing acute lung injury as well as the outcome from acute lung injury and sepsis?
Critical care medicine comprises a diffuse array of diseases, syndromes, illnesses and symptoms arising from those sources requiring advanced care by highly trained teams of interdisciplinary professionals. Research is sorely needed on generating evidence that is broadly applicable to a heterogeneous group of patients. This is a major challenge for researchers who enroll critically ill patients into their clinical trials. ...more »
Palliation of symptoms associated with a number of pulmonary conditions; promotion of patient participation in symptom self-management across the spectrum of illness, from ICU admission to rehabilitation to home; requires a multi-disciplinary perspective and team. There are a plethora of distressing symptoms (anxiety, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, weakness) associated with a number of chronic pulmonary conditions, ...more »