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Several years before the COVID-19 pandemic uprooted healthcare worldwide, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) launched a task force to identify gaps in critical care research and determine how SCCM could address them. Within two years, this effort led to the establishment of Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network, and the timing could not have been more fortuitous.
Now five years old, Discovery created a much-needed infrastructure for critical care research, including the collection of vital data on hospitalized COVID-19 patients early in the pandemic, in the form of the Viral Infection and Respiratory Illness Universal Study (VIRUS): COVID-19 Registry. “Without Discovery, initiatives such as the VIRUS COVID-19 Registry likely would have existed but only as educational initiatives to provide resources for ICU departments and hospitals in need,” said principal investigator Rahul Kashyap, MD, MBA. “Thanks to Discovery, the registry has become a foundation for collecting standardized clinical data on patient treatment and outcomes.”
The VIRUS COVID-19 study has spawned more than a dozen published articles and more than 120 ancillary research proposals by study participants. The registry is just one aspect of Discovery. Other major Discovery initiatives include the Structured Team-based Optimal Patient-Centered Care for Virus COVID-19 (STOP-VIRUS) learning collaborative and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection – Preparedness (SARI-PREP). Through Discovery clinical investigators meetings, more than 31 research projects have been endorsed and numerous researchers have found a collaborative environment where they can pursue critical care research. But let’s back up for a moment.
Posted: 4/7/2022 | 0 comments
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