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

Pragmatic Airway Resuscitation Trial (PART) (PROPOSED STUDY)

This research trial studies patients in cardiac arrest.  Cardiac arrest is a medical emergency where the heart stops beating, the patient collapses suddenly, and the patient stops breathing normally. Typically, paramedics are called to the...

Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial (ESETT) (PROPOSED STUDY)

Status  Epilepticus  (SE)  is  a  life-­ÔÇÉthreatening  condition  in  which  the  brain  is  in  a  state  of  persistent  seizure.  SE  is  ...

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...