Current Research

Patient Safety & Quality Assurance

  • Hand hygiene in the emergency department: A survey of current auditing practices across Canadian hospitals

  • Acquisition of bacteria on healthcare worker hands following contact with patient privacy curtains

  • Uncomplicated urinary tract infections in the emergency department: a review of local practice patterns

  • Regional changes in methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus in purulent skin and soft tissue infections among patients presenting to canadian emergency departments

  • Does a brief, nurse-initiated therapeutic conversation improve patient satisfaction with acute pain management in the emergency department compared to standard care?

  • End of life care in an emergency department: a qualitative inquiry


Cardiovascular Diseases

  • A randomized, controlled comparison of electrical versus pharmacological cardioversion for emergency department patients with recent onset atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter

  • Predicting the risk of major cardiac adverse event for emergency department patients with suspected ACS using the modified HEART score

  • Validation of the Canadian HF and COPD risk scores for respiratory distress in the emergency department

  • Remote ischemic preconditioning to reduce reperfusion injury during acute STEMI undergoing PCI


Care for Elderly Patients

  • ED ultrasonographic regional anesthesia to prevent incident delirium in hip fracture patients (EDU –RAPID)

  • Prevalence of delirium and other patient-important adverse outcomes with emergency-physician guided regional nerve block procedures for emergency department patients with hip fractures: A multicenter retrospective chart review

  •  An online resource to support the creation of senior-friendly emergency departments in Ontario

  • How useful is the transfer information for long-term care residents in an urban, Canadian emergency department?


Research Innovations

  • Development of an innovative web-based educational program to teach the management of alcohol withdrawal

  • The influence of cognitive rest and graduated return to usual activities on symptoms of minor traumatic brain injury

  • Evaluation of Qvella rapid molecular assay for the detection of bacterial and fungal pathogens in blood


Care for Vulnerable Populations

  • The effectiveness of individualized inter-professional care plans for heavy emergency department users

  • Prospective validation of an iOS app to evaluate tremor in patients with alcohol withdrawal syndrome

  • Opiate prescribing in Ontario emergency departments


Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Emergency Department

  • Implementation and evaluation of a novel family medicine obstetrical point of care ultrasound (FaMOUS) course

  • Fetal outcomes following emergency department point of care ultrasound for vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy

  • The association and geographic variability of rates of ectopic pregnancy and chlamydia infection


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