Protocol-Specific Nursing

Our specially trained research nurses are experienced in clinical care and research procedures. The CRU ensures a culturally sensitive and welcoming clinical research environment for volunteer research participants, at the same time ensuring proper adherence to protocols. Services range from specimen and data collection procedures such as phlebotomy, electrocardiograms, drug administration and glucose monitoring, to assistance in specialized procedures such as bronchoscopies, tissue biopsies, and exercise testing. Nursing personnel may be requested for off-unit services (to other main campus locations or CCHS locations) on a case-by-case basis during typical business hours. We also provide direct nursing care with dedicated research inpatient beds for studies that need pharmacokinetics, extended monitoring, and sleep studies.

Research Patient Care Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-proposal study logistics planning
  • Creation of detailed nursing procedure checklists
  • Inpatient research-only overnight stays
  • Outpatient protocol nurse visits
  • Glucose monitoring, IV and Oral Glucose testing
  • Indirect Calorimetry
  • Research Drug Administration
  • PK sampling
  • Continuous IV infusions
  • Assistance with procedures

The nursing team of the Clinical Research Unit not only masters diverse and complex study procedures, they care for the patients' well-being and safety, while remaining attuned to the quality and integrity of the research samples and data collected. Their Cleveland Clinic Caregiver Excellence Award 2011 Q4 is for the quality and compassionate care the nursing team provides to our study patients.

Publication Acknowledgement

All publications resulting from the utilization of CTSA resources are required to credit the CTSA grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgement and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. All researchers should cite grant UL1TR000439, as follows: " This publication was made possible by the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Clinic CTSA Grant Number UL1TR000439 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of NCATS or NIH."
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