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What Makes Us Special

​​​​Vision: Saving lives together, caring intensively.

Mission: We are a dynamic, integrated inter-professional team providing exemplary, safe patient care in a culture of discovery, innovation, and knowledge translation.


Current Clinical Research:​​

COGWELL: COGnitive outcomes and WELL​​ness in survivors of critical illness

COGWELL will be the first multisite, comprehensive study to link sleep and circadian function, rhythmic cortical electrophysiological activity measured by quantitative EEG, and long-term cognitive impairment in survivors of critical illness.


PACT: Physiological and Clinical effects of Thoracentesis

You may be invited to participate in this study if the doctors caring for you have decided that they need to drain fluid out of the lungs, called a "pleural effusion". The decision to drain this fluid is often made with the intent of helping patients to breathe more easily and come off the ventilator sooner.


PROSPECT Pilot Trial: PRObioticts to prevent Severe Pneumonia and Endotracheal Colonization Trial

Infections are common in critically ill patients and new prevention strategies are needed. Probiotics are commercially available live microorganisms thought to have health benefits when ingested. Before probiotics can be recommended for use in critically ill patients for the prevention of infection, a large well done study is needed.


EUPHRATES: a Clinical Trial in Adults with Septic Shock and Endotoxemia

Currently an assay exists to determine endotoxin levels in blood but there is not an FDA- approved method of removing said endotoxin. The EUPHRATES study is interested in determining the potential benefit in removing these endotoxins regarding the treatment of sepsis and patient outcomes.


Towards RECOVER: REhabilitation and ReCOVERy in survivors of Critical Illness. Long-Term Outcomes and Needs Assessment in ICU Survivors of Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation and their Caregivers

We aim to learn more about the walking ability, quality of life, and lung recovery in patients at two-years after leaving the ICU. These patients must have been on a mechanical ventilator for one week or longer.


NAVA: Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist. Innovative Approaches to Mechanical Ventilation in Spinal Cord Injured Patients

The pilot study aims to improve our understanding of the interaction between patients with spinal cord injuries and breathing machines, which will help determine what type of mechanical ventilation is better for patients with spinal cord injuries.​