Department of Emergency Medicine Research and Innovation

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The Division of Emergency Medicine has a broad research agenda, with researchers involved in investigations that range from those conducted at the molecular level to those studying health care delivery systems. Current clinical research projects include:

  • Biomedical informatics (clinical informatics, public health informatics, real time population health monitoring)

  • Bioterrorism preparedness, education, decision support

  • Head trauma/c-spine trauma

  • Genetics and developmental biology - (asthma, pulmonary development, and congenital diaphragmatic hernia)

  • Infectious diseases: bacteremia, pneumonia, UTI, febrile infants less than three months old

  • Infectious diseases: Innate and acquired immunity

  • Streptococcus pneumoniae, vaccines

  • Medical Education

  • Procedural sedation & analgesia, capnography

  • Short Stay Unit protocols, outpatient management of diseases traditionally treated in the hospital, diagnostic testing, ATLE outcomes

  • Sickle cell, mannose binding protein, metabolic disorders, nitric oxide

  • Toxicology, clinical pharmacology, environmental health, therapeutic drug trials

  • Trauma

  • Violence-related injury, injury prevention

Featured researchers in the Division of Emergency Medicine hold faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School.

RESEARCHER FOCUS AREA

Richard Bachur

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Andrew Fine

Informatics

Gary Fleisher

Emergency Medicine

Kara Hennelly

Oropharyngeal Trauma

Baruch Krauss

Acute Anxiety and Pain in Children

Lois Lee

Head Trauma/Concussions

Kenneth Mandl

Biomedical Informatics

Joshua Nagler, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Mark Neuman

Infectious Diseases

Lise Nigrovic

Infectious Diseases, Trauma

Karen L_ Olson

Emergency Medicine

Anne Stack

Emergency Medicine, Quality Improvement

Our innovations mean better service

Boston Children's ED is an innovator, developing cutting-edge medical techniques and patient-service initiatives. We continually evaluate patient needs, research new methods and design best practices to advance emergency care.

Some of the initiatives that have put Boston Children's ED at the forefront of emergency services include:

  • Reduced wait time. Boston Children's has developed a parallel admissions process that has reduced the average time between arrival and seeing a physician to 32 minutes—one of the lowest in the United States!
  • Discharge follow-up. We call all patients in high-risk groups after discharge to follow-up on their condition, and to answer any questions about their care.
  • Participation in a hospital-wide and national initiative to improve asthma care.
  • Bedside testing. Our doctors can conduct many lab and ultrasound tests right in the exam room, allowing patients to remain comfortably in one place. This saves precious time waiting for results to come back, so making a diagnosis and beginning treatment can happen faster.
  • Unified care and computerized charting. These initiatives allow nurses and doctors to more easily share data regarding patients, improving communication among staff, and ensuring that patients won't have to repeat information with each caregiver they see.
  • Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. Children's is part of a nationwide, multi-institution effort to study patterns of illness/injury, as well as best practices for caring for patients with rare or infrequently seen conditions.
  • Leader rounding. Nurse leaders regularly check in with patients in the ED to make sure patients are comfortable, facilitate communication and update them on the status of their care.
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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