The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine a joint $3.7 million grant to study how to reduce emergency health care workers’ risk of contracting COVID-19 while in the process of treating patients infected with the virus. The study is in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.
That it is necessary and vital to understand how health system can A) protect health worker safety while B) keeping emergency departments going to take care of the sick is a fundamental question driving the researchers. Thankfully, this CDC grant enables the researchers to answer the research question systematically and comprehensively.
Called the COVID-19 Evaluation of Risk for Emergency Departments (Covered Project), the study will occur over a 12-week period and involve 1,600 emergency department personnel from 20 different academic health care providers across the country. The CDC has considerable interest in the results of this study to help healthcare workers nationwide reports Nicholas Mohr, co-principal investigator with UI, reports the Daily Iowan.
The study breaks down four different groups of emergency health care workers with varying interaction among COVID-19 patients via the use of questionnaires, blood tests and self-collected nasal swabs. Emergency physicians likely to be performing endotracheal intubation are of major interest as they are though to be at the highest risk of contracting the virus.
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The study involves two national research networks, including EMERGEncy IDNET and the National Emergency Airway Registry as well as additional academic medical centers. Due to the collaborative underpinnings of the group so the large, multi-center research study was launched in rapid manner.
David Talan, professor emeritus of emergency medicine and infectious diseases at UCLA and co-principal investigator of the COVERED study, reports that teams have worked round the clock to ramp up this study. Thus far, the team has accomplished much through collaboration and the mobilization of the right team in the right roles. The $3.7 million was based on meticulous planning accomplished by the study sponsors.
Nicholas Mohr, co-principal investigator, UI clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, anesthesia critical care and epidemiology
David Talan, professor emeritus of emergency medicine and infectious diseases at UCLA and co-principal investigator