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Get Involved in FOCUS: New sites being requested
By James Abernathy, III, MD
There is much we have learned from Phase I of the FOCUS research project. As with all great research, more questions were asked than answered. What is the best method to improve patient safety in cardiac operating rooms? Can we help our colleagues evaluate and improve safety performance? How do we design and build better operating room equipment and machines to help us deliver safer patient care? These questions will drive the research, divided into three projects, for Phase II:
We often read studies that are underpowered and poorly represent reality. The applicability of the conclusions outside of the narrow confines of the study population is therefore suspect. Cardiac anesthesiology is practiced in many different environments, from large private practices to small academic groups and everywhere in between. As the FOCUS project embarks on its next steps we must ensure that conclusions drawn from the research translate into all of our practices.
Whether you work in a large academic center or an agile, efficient private practice, we ask that you consider participating as a research FOCUS site. The FOCUS Committee is soliciting sites willing to participate in Phase II of FOCUS. If your institution is interested in participating, please complete the site application form found on the SCA Foundation’s website in the FOCUS Section. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2010. Those institutions that applied and or participated in Phase I are asked to complete the new application for Phase II. There was a great response for Phase I and we are confident Phase II will garner the same amount of support from the SCA membership. Decisions will be made by the Site Selection Committee based upon the needs of each research project. For more information, you can contact me with the Site Selection committee or John Melleky with the SCA Foundation.
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