Acute Care Research tests promising new treatments for unexpected and sudden life-threatening situations. 

The obligation to improve standard treatments that yield poor results in life-threatening conditions is considered an ethical imperative.

Current Studies


Please share your opinions about whether researchers should conduct trial. Ischemic heart disease (blocked arteries in the heart) is the underlying cause in many patients who suffer cardiac arrest.  (Cardiac arrest is a situation where the...

Inhaled Nitric Oxide after Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest is a condition where the heart stops beating, and which leads to death unless treated immediately. Up to 90% of the people with cardiac arrest die. We are studying the best way to treat patients with cardiac arrest.   ...

News & Events

July 29, 2014

News in Pittsburgh about Exception from Informed Consent Trials

Adam Smeltz, writing for Trib Total Media, has reviewed the STAAMP trial and the PAMPER trial.  Both of these trials use Exception from Informed Consent.  In his article, Smeltz interviews several ethicists who discuss the basis for...

July 15, 2014

Blog Post about Exception from Informed Consent

Jessica Craig writes in the Pitt News about research involving Exception from Informed Consent.  Focussing on the Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation trial, she raises important questions to discuss about the balance between subject...