The initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has strained ICUs. Variances in care, nonadherence to protocols, and inefficient care delivery processes become amplified during times of strain and negate the benefits of standard, evidence-based critical care support.
Projects that can rapidly identify measures, care approaches and delivery in COVID ICU patients, which are amongst the sickest and most expensive patients in the hospital, have the potential to improve both quality and cost for our COVID-19 patients and the health system as a whole.
Led by Ronald Reilkoff, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, researchers in this study will develop a real time COVID-19 registry of current ICU patterns to help inform and guide best practices in this novel patient population.
“As part of a international collaborative effort within the Discovery network of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, our registry will be essential in acquiring near-real time observational data to learn effective treatment strategies, fuel comparative effectiveness studies and provide meaningful hypotheses for clinical trials,” said Reilkoff.
This project is supported by the UMN Campus Public Health Officer's CO:VID (Collaborative Outcomes: Visionary Innovation & Discovery) grants program, which support University of Minnesota faculty to catalyze and energize small-scale research projects designed to address and mitigate the COVID-19 virus and its associated risks.