Using infrared spectroscopy in the pediatric intensive care unit

Children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit require close monitoring. Sometimes the monitoring is simple and easy such as a heart rate and other times it is difficult such as assessing whether the body’s organs are getting enough blood flow known as perfusion. Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is a technology that is being developed to monitor critically ill patients for things such as perfusion . This study is looking at using NIRS to see if it is a reliable method of monitoring in children.

Full study title:
Is There A Canary In The PICU? A Critical Appraisal of the Role of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) In the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

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Who may qualify:

Patients under 16 years of age admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit

Who does not qualify:

Patients older than 16 years of age or not admitted to the intensive care unit

If you are interested in this study or have questions about your child's eligibility, please contact:

Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, 330-543-5012

For urgent patient care matters involving a current study patient, please call: 330-920-5774

Lead Principal Investigator:

Michael Forbes, MD, FAAP
Director, Clinical Research & Outcomes Analysis, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics' Society of Critical Care Medicine
Local Medical Leader, Virtual Pediatric Systems, LLC

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