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An example of a pamphlet in use at the US University Hospital




We provide modern, up to date, care for our patients. The Shock Trauma ICU is well know both nationally and internationally as a center for the treatment of patients like your loved one. This is acknowledged center of excellence for the care of critically ill patients. We are a member of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Network. This is a prestigious group of about 40 hospitals that has provided new and important information about how to care for patients who require support with mechanical ventilators.


We train clinicians. You may see young physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists in training in this ICU. We believe this brings a benefit to your loved one. These young clinicians examine and think about our patients. They ask questions of more experienced clinicians. This makes all of us more alert and aware of problems that need attention. We believe this makes our ICU, and the care we deliver, better.


We do clinical research. We participate actively in the research activities of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Network. We conduct Randomized Clinical Trials to determine better ways to care for our ICU patients. In the year 2000 we (the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Network) published the results of our study of mechanical ventilation treatments. We showed that one way of treating our patients resulted in 23% fewer deaths. This way has now become a standard of care for many physicians and institutions worldwide.

These three things we do here are all important. They are all connected. The training and research we do make us, and this ICU, better able to provide good care to our patients.

Someone may contact you to discuss a Clinical Trial or other research activity that seems appropriate for your loved one.

If your loved one has a problem we are studying, we may ask to explain the study to you. We may ask you to consider enrolling your loved one in a research study.

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