As front-line patient care providers, researchers in the Mayo Clinic Division of Emergency Medicine Research focus on increasing the understanding of acute presentations of diseases and conditions such as anaphylaxis, bone fractures, chest pain and cardiovascular distress, head injuries, respiratory illnesses — including COVID-19 — and more.
The division's long-term objective is to foster ongoing collaborative research and development efforts in emergency medicine through technological and educational initiatives. These initiatives stimulate collaborative work at the national and international levels, with the goal of steering emergency medicine practice toward evidence-based, cutting-edge, compassionate care.
The mission of the Mayo Clinic Division of Emergency Medicine Research is threefold:
- Conduct high-quality, standard-setting research relevant to the practice and delivery of emergency care
- Disseminate findings in scientific journals, institutionally and through the media to maximally impact the care of individuals worldwide
- Foster understanding of clinical research methodology and the development of research acumen to allow clinicians and researchers to share what they learn with one another
Research integrated into practice
The Division of Emergency Medicine Research has a strong clinical research unit embedded inside Mayo Clinic's emergency department. Highly experienced personnel include research coordinators, a scientific director and statistical support, allowing the division to quickly enroll patients into research studies.
Researchers in the division conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses regarding the management of clinical emergencies. For example, the division's research on the incidence of adverse events during procedural sedation in the emergency department has been translated clinically as a quality improvement project and as an education tool for use at patients' bedsides to obtain informed consent.
Multidisciplinary research expertise
The research team has a high level of expertise and experience in clinical research design, including:
- Clinical prediction rules
- Clinical trials
- Health records reviews
- Health systems engineering
- Observational studies
- Secondary data analysis
- Systematic reviews
The division's comprehensive teamwork has led to multiple ongoing projects, sponsored by both intramural and extramural grants.
Additionally, researchers in the Mayo Clinic Division of Emergency Medicine Research have expertise in addressing research questions using routinely collected health care information from multiple sources outside typical clinical research settings, including electronic health records, claims and billing data.