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Seeking Collaborative Research Projects

Seattle Children’s Emergency Medicine (EM) investigators and staff are actively working to advance the care of children with urgent illnesses and injuries. We are seeking collaborative research projects with investigators, doctors and staff from other departments at Seattle Children’s to tackle universal challenges in child health.

Benefits of Collaborating with Emergency Medicine Research

  • Our investigators can assist you with your study by providing insight into the EM care process.
  • Patient arrivals in the Emergency Department (ED) peak in the evening. We have coordinators screening and enrolling during these hours.
  • As the point of first contact, we can identify patients as soon as possible for studies with time-sensitive enrollment protocols.
  • Our administrative staff and research coordinators have expertise in a variety of research areas and are familiar with research procedures and recruitment in the emergency department setting.

Examples of Our Research Projects

Our research focuses on a wide range of investigations, including sedation, respiratory illnesses, infectious diseases, injury management and prevention, education and safety.

Improving pain control

When a child age 3 or younger checks into the ED with a fever, a complete diagnosis often includes a procedure called urethral catheterization. This determines if the patient has a urinary tract infection, which is a common cause of fever. Although this procedure is painful, most EDs do not give pain medication. Drs. Neil Uspal and Eileen Klein have teamed with the investigators in Urology to conduct a study looking at ways to decrease pain during urethral catheterization.

Preventing foreign body ingestions

Dr. Julie Brown has teamed up with Radiology, Surgery, Gastroenterology and Otolaryngology to more closely examine issues related to foreign objects that kids ingest, such as magnets. The researchers are measuring the impact and risks of various foreign objects in the airway and intestinal tract.

Improving treatment for serious bacterial infections

Drs. Ron Kaplan, Kimberly Stone, Russ Migita and others are part of a multicenter collaborative study that aims to improve outcomes for children with septic shock. Using a system of early identification and intervention, the team is identifying cases of septic shock caused by bloodstream infections.

Collaborate with Us

To learn more about collaborating with us, please read our Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) and send us an email or call 206-987-2939.

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