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Emergency medicine residents are strongly encouraged to become involved in research. Opportunities exist in toxicology, emergency medical services, trauma, resuscitation, sonography, quality assurance, infectious disease, hypertension and other aspects of clinical care. Basic research opportunities also are available.

Research projects conducted by our residents and faculty include the following:

  • Role of procalcitonin in the identification of infants 3-90 days of life at risk for bacterial infection

  • Predicting falls in ED elderly

  • Optimizing ultrasound instruction of ED residents

  • Assessing the ED medication list versus the PCP medication list of ED elderly

  • Randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of two intravenous dosing regimens of h5Gl .1-scFv in patients with acute myocardial infarction undergoing percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty reperfusion therapy

  • Magnesium in coronaries (Magic):  A study of the effect of magnesium administration in patients with acute myocardial infarction

  • Randomized, double-blind, comparative study of the efficacy and safety of synercid monotherapy regimens and synercid in combination with ampicillin in the treatment of infection caused by vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (Vref)

  • Evaluation of serum procalcitonin in systemic bacterial infections among emergency department patients 65 years of age and older

  • Multicenter, stratified, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate neurologic function and disability in patients with acute ischemic stroke given tissue plasminogen activator plus placebo

  • Double-blind, efficacy and safety study of the oral direct thrombin inhibitor, H376/95 versus standard therapy (enoxaparin and warfarin [Coumadin]) in patients with acute, symptomatic deep thrombosis with or without pulmonary embolism (Thrive V)

  • Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate effects of Ym872 on the evolution of lesion volume as measured by diffusion-weighted imaging in patients with acute ischemic stroke

  • Comparison of ketamine (midazolam or atropine) with morphine/midazolan for orthopaedic reductions in the emergency department

  • Use of granisetron in the treatment of nausea and vomiting in the acutely poisoned patient

  • Urine trypsinogen-2 for detection of trauma-induced pancreatitis

  • Prehospital cervical spine clearance

  • Likelihood of admission and risk factors for admission in ED patients with spina bifida

  • Complementary and alternative medicine utilization patterns of emergency department versus internal medicine populations

  • Complementary and alternative medicine use and understanding among ED staff geriatric ED utilization patterns

  • Training of flight nurses for the out-of-hospital performance and interpretation of sonography in trauma patients



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