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Critical Care at St. Michael's

Critical Care research

St. Michael’s Hospital has an organizational vision for excelling in the care of patients with critical illness. We are focused on building the premier critical care clinical research unit in Canada. Our existing research structure involves the conduct of clinical research that is patient and family centered. It aims to generate knowledge that will improve conditions that are most relevant to patients’ and families’ experience of critical illness at St. Michael’s. We have a multi-disciplinary team of clinician-scientists that conducts research that combines clinical care, quality improvement, collaborative learning, and research activities into a seamless venture. The quality of our research process is evidenced by compliance with relevant standards, engagement of clinicians and trainees across disciplines, and cooperation, collaboration, and respect among investigators, research personnel, clinical teams, and patients and families.

Clinical and basic research at St. Michael's are conducted in the following areas:

  • Neurocritical care
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Sepsis
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Novel approaches to:
    • Mechanical ventilation
    • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
    • Prevention of Ventilator-associated Pneumonia
    • Cardiovascular dynamics and Blood transfusion
    • Management of complications of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage
    • Early mobility in the ICU
    • Prevention of ICU-acquired muscle weakness