NIH-funded center will seek sepsis answers
UF Health has been awarded an $11 million, five-year grant from the NIH to create a one-of-a-kind center to help tackle one of the most devastating issues critically ill patients face. The Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center, the first of its kind in the nation, will study long-term outcomes in patients treated for sepsis in the surgical and trauma ICUs at UF Health Shands Hospital, with the goal of developing clinical solutions for sepsis as well as illnesses that stem from it and their enduring, dismal effects.
UF Health surgeons draw on registries for critical insights. Clinical databases are important tools the UF Health department of surgery uses for quality monitoring and improvement. Most service lines within the department contribute to and consult institutional, regional or national databases, or registries of information on practice methods and patient outcomes. The databases help surgeons understand the most statistically likely outcomes for each patient, based on factors such as patient age, diagnosis and health history. These registries also highlight trends in patient outcomes within the service line or per surgeon.