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?
Respiratory failure in sepsis is almost universal and leads to worse clinical outcomes, yet it is poorly understood. Recent epidemics of pulmonary failure from respiratory viruses (e.g. influenza, SARS, MERS, etc) makes understanding molecular determinants of respiratory failure and the associated inflammatory and physiologic responses, critical for improving the health of our nation and potentially mitigating future ...more »
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?
Does the addition of albumin to fluid conservative management of ALI (ARDSnet FACTT trial protocol, Wiedemann et al) further shorten ventilator time and/or improve survival?
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 »
Would improving sleep and circadian rhythms in the critical care setting result in improved patient outcomes (e.g., reduce severity of infection, duration of intubation, length of hospital stay)?
Would an NIH trans-IC office of critical care research improve coordination and strategic planning across?
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 »
Many medical centers have incorporated the concept of patient- and family-centered care into their mission statements and are now introducing policies that address topics such as open visiting hours in the ICU and family presence at resuscitation. These changes are often being made in the absence of robust evidence to support their introduction. There must be a commitment to rigorous study of these issues so that we can ...more »
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 »
Density mapping of the need and flow of patients requiring acute care surgery vis-a-vis inter-facility transfer, care hand-off failures, post-acute care resource mismatch to articulate a funding plan resource allocation and development akin to what has been done for trauma care.
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.