Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine - Critical Care Research
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Research Overview

Critical Care Research

Pain and Neurosciences Research

Biomedical Innovation

Ethics and Health Policy

Clinical Research

Grant Funding


Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

Summary Science Features

We are conducting a nationwide survey of doctors and nurses in order to identify which outcomes in ICU care might serve as reliable indicators of patient safety and quality of care. We will then use the results of this survey to develop data abstraction tools for institutions to use to quantify their own incidence of these outcomes. This methodology of benchmarking the quality of care we provide our patients will hopefully enable the measurement of interventions, policy changes, and help us to better understand differences between institutions, populations and practices.

We are interested in the following 9 adverse outcomes, as quality metrics, in ICU care:

  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Arrhythmia
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed
  • Hospital Acquired MRSA Infection
  • Hospital Acquired Blood Stream Infection
  • Pressure Ulcer
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Septic Shock

If you are a physician or nurse, in any ICU setting, and would like to participate, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Martinez or Justin Henneman.

Office Information

Department of Anesthesia,
Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Gray-Bigelow 444
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

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