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UCLA CTSI Seed Award for Heart Failure

posted Apr 19, 2013, 11:56 AM by UCLA Clinical Ultrasound   [ updated Apr 19, 2013, 11:57 AM ]
Dr. Chiem was awarded a UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Clinical Scholar Seed Award to study the role of emergency physician-performed ultrasound to diagnose both systolic and diastolic dysfunction, and severity, in decompensated heart failure patients. The seed award will help to train UCLA emergency physicians in IVC and pulmonary ultrasound, as well as focused echocardiography. If this and future studies are successful in demonstrating that emergency physicians can reliably identify and characterize severity of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes (AHFS) patients that present to the ED, this has the potential to change the management of AHFS patients from an inpatient approach to an ED-based treatment and observation approach. The impact would be a safe reduction in admissions and costs for the number one cause of admissions over the age of 65.