Current Projects

The Clinical Research Program conducts studies aimed at the prevention of disease and injury by early identification of risk factors, the mitigation of the negative health consequences of disease and injury through comparative effectiveness research and the provision of treatments that quicken recovery and reduce disability. Below is a summary of current clinical research projects being conducted in our department.

 

Current Clinical Research Projects in the George Washington University Emergency Department

Study Name

Principal Investigator

Coordinator

Brief Project Description

Pilot Study that Examines the Potential Impact of Regional Acute Care Hospital Information Exchange on Emergency Department Care

Dr. Melissa McCarthy and Dr. Janice Blanchard

Paige Kulie

To evaluate the potential utility of state's regional health information exchange system on clinical decision-making of emergency department providers.

iSonoptic: Utilizing Image Transfer for Ophthalmologic Teleconsulting

Dr. Hamid Shokoohi

Paige Kulie

To improve the management of patients with ocular complaints by utilizing tele-consulting and image transfer to enhance information communication.

Emergency Department Ultrasound Diagnosis of Bowel Obstruction

Dr. Keith Boniface

Paige Kulie

Assessing the use of ultrasound by Emergency Physicians at the bedside to diagnose intestinal obstruction.

The Effects of Body Habitus on the Quality of Bedside Ultrasound Study Protocol

Dr. Hamid Shokoohi

Paige Kulie

Evaluating the effect of body habitus on the quality of pre-determined set of bedside ultrasound examinations on ED patients.

Reducing Urine Sample Contamination Through the Use of a Patient-Driven Electronic Application

Dr. Francis O'Connell and Dr. Mary Jacob

Paige Kulie

To measure the effect on the urine culture contamination rate by providing patients education regarding clean catch uring collection via smartphone and tablet technology.

Satisfaction with Emergency Room Visit

Dr. Melissa McCarthy and Dr. Fareen Zaver

Lauren Winter

To determine patient satisfaction with care provided in the Emergency Department

Collaborations with Other Medical Specialties at George Washington University

Study Name

Principal Investigator

EMED PI

Coordinator

Brief Project Description

Search for Novel Methods to Detect Bowel Ischemia and Diagnose Acute Abdominal Complaints

Dr. Lakhmir Chawla, Anesthesiology

Dr. Raymond Lucas

Christina Seneff

To attempt to discover novel biomarkers of intestinal inflammation and/or ischemia

Collaborations with Other Research Institutions

Study Name

Principal Investigator

Site PI

Coordinator

Brief Project Description

Tamsulosin for Urolithiasis

Dr. Andrew Meltzer, GW; Pamela Burrows, GW Biostatistics Center

Dr. Judd Hollander, Thomas Jefferson University; Dr. Allan Wolfson, University of Pittsburgh

Lauren Winter

To determine the effect of tamsulosin on the proportion of patients passing a kidney stone as determined by patient report.