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Earle A. Chiles Reasearch Institute Summer Research Program

The Earle A. Chiles Research Institute offers a summer research program for undergraduate students who are seriously considering a career in biomedical sciences. The program offers direct hands-on research experience in one of the EACRI research laboratories.

Proprietary Health Article

Use of Acute Stroke Registry to Improve Care Profile of Receptive Stroke Programs

Researchers surveyed hospitals to ask whether ongoing data completeness reports and monthly comparative quality reports were used to make changes in the acute care process.These self-reports were then confirme by using the registry data to construct objective run-chart measures over 12 months.Results showed several programmatic characteristics that distinguished programs that used quality reports to make improvements.

Putting a Face on Medical Errors: A Patient Perspective

Research on the patient's perspective on medical error is limited. Research efforts have focused on how best to disclose error and how patients desire to have medical errors disclosed. In this study, a mixed group of 30 community members share their stories of medical error.

Medical Staff Guidelines for Periviability Pregnancy Counseling and Medical Treatment of Extremely Premature Infants

The goal of this report is to describe the collaborative formation of rational, practical, medical staff guidelines for the counseling and subsequent care of extremely early-gestation pregnancies and premature infants between 22 and 26 weeks.

Counseling Pregnant Women Who May Deliver Extremely Premature Infants: Medical Care Guidelines, Family Choices, and Neonatal Outcomes

The goal of this report is to describe our experience implementing consensus medical staff guidelines used for counseling pregnant women threatening extremely premature birth and to give an account of family preferences and the immediate outcome of their infants.

Caring for the pregnant woman presenting at periviable gestation: acknowledging the ambiguity and uncertainty

Counseling the periviable pregnant woman presenting at the edge of viability can often be confusing for the patient and frustrating for the clinician. Although neonatal survival rates have improved dramatically over the last few decades, severe morbidity is still common. This is further complicated by the fact that the information provided to the parents regarding the outcomes may not be up to date or completely accurate. The counseling is also frequently influenced by personal beliefs and biases of the medical staff.

An evidence based approach may improve the experience for both the expectant parents and the health care team.

Addressing In-Hospital “Falls” of Newborn Infants

Experience of a seven hospital system in Oregon offers a template for understanding how and why infant falls occur in hospitals and how to address the issue.