Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Research
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Research

The Section of Critical Care at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics participates in both PALISI (the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators, a multi-center research consortium) and NACHRI PICU Focus Group (National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions).

Each of our trainees is expected to complete a minimum of one scholarly project during the course of their fellowship, resulting in the submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed publication. In addition, our fellows are expected to present findings at a national meeting.

A crucial first step in this process is the formation of a mentoring relationship with a faculty member (either inside or outside of our division), followed by development of a research question and specific aims and formation of a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC). The SOC will meet regularly with the fellow throughout his or her training to monitor the progress of the project, provide guidance and assure that the fellow is engaging in a meaningful and educational scholarly endeavor that will meet the requirements for board certification.

A few of the many research opportunities available at Children's Mercy Hospital include:

  • Personalized Medicine-Pediatric Genomic Medicine
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular Research

Critical Care Current Research Activities

 Fellow Scholarly Projects

Fellow Involved

Project Title

Kyle Lemley

  1. A Comparison of Trigger Delay between NIV NAVA and NIV PS in Infants with Bronchiolitis

Sandeep Arya

  1. Feasibility of Utilizing Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and Comparison with Capillary Refill Time as Noninvasive Surrogate Endpoints for Goal-Directed Shock Resuscitation in Children
  2. The Relative Impact of High-Risk Unscheduled Transfers to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Subsequent Mortality

Asdis Wagner

  1. Parental Perception on End of Life Care

Faculty Scholarly Projects

Faculty Involved

Project Title

Geoff Allen

  1. Genomic Analysis of the Pediatric Systemic Inflammatory Response
    Syndrome
  2. The SAFE Extrapolation to Paediatric Intensive Care (SAFE-EPIC) Study
  3. Sedation Management in Pediatric Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure

Paul Bauer

  1. The Relative Impact of High-Risk Unscheduled Transfers to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Subsequent Mortality
  2. QI: Severe Pediatric Burn Management Guideline Implementation
  3. QI: Line Entry and Rounding Checklist Utilization
  4. QI: CLABSI group

Tara Benton

  1. QI: Pediatric Severe TBI Guideline Implementation
  2. QI: Severe Pediatric Burn Management Guideline Implementation
  3. QI: Line Entry and Rounding Checklist Utilization

Jennifer Flint

  1. Single Ventricle Feeding Protocol- A feeding protocol for infants with single ventricle anatomy may decrease morbidity and mortality associated with feeding complications including necrotizing enterocolitis
  2. BNP levels and ECMO weaning- Utility of BNP trends during weaning of cardiac EMCO
  3. BNP levels and Post-Extubation failure- B-type Natriuretic Peptide: A Potential Biomarker for Extubation Failure in Infants after Cardiac Surgery
  4. Laparoscopic Gastrostomy Tube Placement in Patients with Complex Congenital Heart Disease
  5. QI: Severe Pediatric Burn Management Guideline Implementation

Yong Han

  1. Sepsis Prevalence, Outcomes, and Therapy (SPROUT)
  2. Ventilator-Associated Infections Point Pravalence Study (VAIN)
  3. The Relative Impact of High-Risk Unscheduled Transfers to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Subsequent Mortality
  4. Feasibility of Utilizing Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and Comparison with Capillary Refill Time as Noninvasive Surrogate Endpoints for Goal-Directed Shock Resuscitation in Children
  5. QI: Quality improvement analysis of the Global Pediatric Sepsis Initiative registry

Steve Klem

  1. Effect of Inhaled Nitric Oxide on Outcomes in Children with Acute Respiratory Failure using a Linked Database

Jenna Miller

  1. Severe Enterovirus 68 Respiratory Illness in Children Requiring Intensive Care Management
  2. QI: Severe Pediatric Burn Management Guideline Implementation

Laura Miller-Smith

1. Outcomes and Complication of Pediatric Patients following Tracheotomy

2. A Feeding Protocol for Infants with Single Ventricle Anatomy May Decrease

Morbidity and Mortality Associated with Feeding Complications (Including

Necrotizing Enterocolitis)

  1. QI: Pediatric Severe TBI Guideline Implementation

Erica Molitor-Kirsch

  1. Utility of BNP trends during weaning of cardiac EMCO
  2. BNP levels and Post-Extubation failure- B-type Natriuretic Peptide: A Potential Biomarker for Extubation Failure in Infants after Cardiac Surgery
  3. ECMO Associated Blood Stream Infections in Children
  4. Outcomes after Prolonged Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support in Children with Cardiac Disease- ELSO study
  5. Identifying Neonatal and Pediatric Cardiac and CDH ECMO patients at increased mortality risk
  6. QI: Quality Implications of a Junctional Ectopic Tachycardia (JET) Management Protocol
  7. QI: Impact of Standardized Anticoagulation and Bleeding Algorithms in Decreasing Bleeding Complications in Children on ECMO
  8. QI: Utility of Echocardiography following ECMO Cannulation

Brian Olsen

1. QI: CMH Pediatric Critical Care Transport Quality Improvement Program

Laura Ortmann

  1. ICU outcomes of children requiring tracheostomy after surgery for congenital heart disease: Analysis of the Virtual PICU Performance System (VPS) Database
  2. Incidence of Arrhythmias in Children Receiving Dexmedetomidine after Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease
  3. Hypoalbuminemia after Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Children
  4. NIRS Technology Development in the Pediatric Catheterization Laboratory
  5. Long-Term Outcomes of Children Requiring Tracheostomy after Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease
  6. Early Mobilization of Infants Intubated for Acute Respiratory Failure
  7. QI: Quality Implications of a Junctional Ectopic Tachycardia (JET) Management Protocol

Kelly Tieves

  1. Assessing the Association between EPAS, Competencies and Milestones in the pediatric Subspecialites
  2. Comparing Efficacy and Safety of Mannitol and Hypertonic Saline use in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, a retrospective chart review.
  3. QI: Pediatric Severe TBI Guideline Implementation

Marita Thompson

  1. Severe Enterovirus 68 Respiratory Illness in Children Requiring Intensive Care Management
  2. QI: Severe Pediatric Burn Management Guideline Implementation

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