About Our Research
The Emergency Ultrasound faculty members in the Department of Emergency Medicine are very active in clinical research.
Our research endeavors generally fall within one or more of the following broad categories:
Assessing the effectiveness and feasibility of novel ultrasound technology, techniques, and applications
Implementation of POCUS in global health
POCUS in medical student and resident education
Drs. Adeyinka Adedipe, Brandon Backlund, Kennedy Hall, Sachita Shah, and Michael Vrablik work collaboratively on a number of research endeavors exploring various facets of Emergency Ultrasound. Our research endeavors generally fall within one or more of the following broad categories: assessing the effectiveness and feasibility of novel ultrasound technology, techniques, and applications; implementation of POCUS in global health; and POCUS in medical student and resident education.
Dr. Adeyinka Adedipe’s research activities include the development of a novel lung ultrasound sensor, investigation of a new noninvasive ultrasound monitor that can be used during cardiac arrest to assess blood flow.
Dr. Brandon Backlund is currently exploring factors determining the survival of ultrasound guided intravenous (IV) catheters placed in the emergency department for difficult IV access patients and assessing a method of measuring change in the optic nerve sheath diameter via ultrasound in a traumatic brain injury model.
Dr. Kennedy Hall is developing ultrasound technology that may be used to dislodge kidney stones in vivo, and is the site investigator for a multicenter study assessing ultrasound measurement of the tricuspid annulus plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) for pulmonary embolism.
Dr. Ross Kessler is developing a novel lung ultrasound sensor, investigating lung ultrasound in the prehospital setting for paramedic evaluation of patients with shortness of breath, and investigating the utility of TEE guided cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Dr. Sachita Shah’s research work combines global health, education, and POCUS. Her publications include assessing a POCUS curriculum for non-physician clinicians and investigating barriers to POCUS use in resource-limited international settings.
Dr. Michael Vrablik is investigating the effectiveness of ultrasound guided nerve blocks for pain management in ED patients. He is also a co-investigator with Dr. Hall in the TAPSE study for pulmonary embolism.
Medic One Funding: The Butterfly Network Supports UW Study
Ross Kessler has recently received funding from the Medic One Foundation for his research on Paramedic Performed Prehospital Lung Ultrasound for Patients with Acute Dyspnea.