Critical Care Research
Each fellow is encouraged to develop a research proposal with faculty mentorship. This enables exposure to the complete research process from generating a research question, undergoing the Institutional Review Board approval process, managing study design and data collection, statistical analysis, and academic authorship of journal articles, abstracts, and textbook chapters. Weekly research meetings are held to discuss project ideas and track progress, as well as encourage feedback and collaboration.
As we constantly strive to improve patient care and outcomes, clinical research serves as a cornerstone of the Division of Surgical Critical Care Medicine at Mount Sinai. Our research projects include basic and translational science, clinical trials, and quality improvement research and interventions. Current research projects focus on sepsis and septic shock, pneumonia, parenteral nutrition and specialized critical care enteral support, and the diagnostic use of ultrasound, specifically lung and cardiac ultrasound. Completed research projects include measurement of intra-abdominal pressure via indwelling bladder catheters, use of the pulmonary artery catheter by critical care physicians and nurses, use of lactate to detect tissue hypoperfusion, and the use of prostaglandins in preventing renal dysfunction in post-operative liver transplant patients. As one of the first ICUs to start using Continuous Veno-Venous Hemofiltration (CVVH) in critically ill patients 20 years ago, past research has looked extensively at its use and impact. In addition, we have been at the forefront of the routine use of ultrasound for insertion of central venous access catheters and arterial line placement in the ICU. Past and current research projects explore complications, patient outcomes, and patient experience.
Critical Care Research Director: Anthony Manasia, MD