Investigator-initiated Trials

Active Studies

  • Analysis of ED physician recognition and management of anaphylaxis after a single educational lecture. PI-Britni Sternard, MD

    • Purpose:

      To evaluate the effectiveness of a single educational lecture given to ED physicians on recognition and management of anaphylaxis.
  • Diagnosis of Unknown Diabetes and Pre-diabetes in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department for Abscess Management with Risk Assessment Scores and Hemoglobin A1C capture. PI Steven Baker, MD

    • Objective:

      The objective of this study is to screen and diagnose patients for diabetes when they present to or are found to have an abscess in the emergency department.
  • Epidemiology of Snakebite in Louisiana: A 10 Year Review. PI-Thomas Arnold, MD

    • Objective:

      We propose to conduct a 10-year (2006-2015) retrospective review of all snakebites managed by the Poison Center. Information will be aggregated and analyzed for trends regarding snakebite incidence, first-aid, treatments and complications. Only composite data will be published, and no individual cases will be identified.
  • Reliability of Air Medical Blood Transfusion as a Trigger for Activation of Massive Transfusion Protocol. PI-Angela Cornelius, MD

    • Primary Objective:

      The primary objective of our study is to determine the reliability of air medical blood product transfusion as a trigger for the Massive Transfusion Protocol. 
    • Secondary Objective:

      The secondary objective of our study is to determine the reliability of air medical calculation of Shock Index as a trigger for the Massive Transfusion Protocol.
  • A Prospective Validation Study Utilizing the Chest Pain Pathway in Low Risk Chest Pain. PI-John Felty, MD

    • Objective:

      Determine whether using the Chest Pain Pathway safely reduces admission rates from the Emergency Department.
    • Hypothesis:

      Utilizing the Chest Pain Pathway will safely decrease admission rates in low risk chest pain patients.
  • A Multi-Center, Multi-Outcome Evaluation of the Predictive Value of Residency Selection Factors in Emergency Medicine. PI-Mary Ann Edens, MD

    • Overall Study Plan and Analysis: 

      • Utilizing a combined database of collaborating residency programs, a secondary data analysis will be performed. The primary outcome of study will be milestone competency achieved in the core competencies.

  • Stress in SIM: Heart rate, heart rate variability and galvanic skin resistance as indicators of stress experienced by emergency medicine residents in a simulated patient scenario. PI-Angela Cornelius, MD

    • Purpose:

      •  Observe and report the physiologic effects of stress during a simulation on all volunteer emergency medicine residents. 

Completed Studies

  • A retrospective chart review of diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis in the Emergency Department. PI-Britni Sternard, MD

  • Castilano, Amy, et al. “Pitfalls in Anaphylaxis Diagnosis and Management at a University Emergency Department.” Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 July 2018,



Emergency Medicine Research