Current Research Projects

Below is a list of ongoing research projects (updated May 2017).
Ongoing Projects (2017-2018)
  • Patel PB, Vinson DR, Gardner MN, Wulf DA, Kipnis P, Liu V, Escobar GJ. Impact of emergency physician-provided patient education about alternate care venues. Undergoing peer review.

  • Mark DG, Ballard DW, Kene MV, Vinson DR. Outcomes following possible undiagnosed aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a contemporary analysis. Undergoing peer review.

  • Kene MV, Miller-Rosales C, Wood SB, Klebaner D, Rauchwerger AS, Vinson DR, Sterling S. Screening for unrecognized behavioral health problems in the ED. Undergoing peer review.

  • Friedman BW, Irizarry E, Solorzano C, Latev A, Rosa K, Zias E, Vinson DR, Bijur PE, Gallagher EJ. A randomized study of IV prochlorperazine versus IV hydromorphone for acute migraine. Undergoing peer review.

  • Abraham AS, Le DD, Vinson DR. Prehospital treatment of stable monomorphic wide-complex tachycardia in the U.S.: a comparison of protocols with the American Heart Association guidelines. To be submitted for peer-review in the summer of 2017.

  • Josephy CP, Vinson DR. Safety of single- vs two-physician procedural sedation in a small community Emergency Department. Undergoing peer review.

  • Mark DG, Reed ME, and the KP CREST Network. KPNC Standardizing Emergency Work-ups Around Risk Data (STEWARD) Chest Pain Project. Launched summer 2016 
  • Garrido M, Vinson DR, Anderson TJ, Buss AR, Gil K, Lin J, Arasu V, Daniels BF, Nagam MR, with the KP CREST Network. This retrospective cohort study seeks to validate the UC Davis prediction rule to identify emergency patients with traumatic intracranial hemorrhage who are at low risk for short-term critical care interventions. Data collection began early 2016. Presenting an abstract at SAEM in 2017.
  • Vinson DR, Lugovskaya N, Rome AM, Stevenson MD, Warton M, with the KP CREST Network. The Pharm CAFE Studies. These retrospective cohort studies will evaluate the effectiveness of ibutilide, procainamide, and amiodarone in the cardioversion of atrial fibrillation and flutter. We presented two ibutilide abstracts at a national meeting in May, 2016, and one procan abstract at ACEP in October, 2016. 
  • Vinson DR, with the KP CREST Network. The management of ED patients with atrial fibrillation and flutter: a multi-center prospective outcomes study. Enrollment of 2,500 patients at 9 centers has been completed. The first manuscript on anticoagulation practices is under review.
  • Vinson DR, with the KP CREST Network. Optimizing site-of-treatment for patients with acute pulmonary embolism using electronic clinical decision support: A pragmatic impact study. An abstract was presented at ACEP in October, 2016. 

  • Vinson DR, with the KP CREST Network. Acute pulmonary embolism in the emergency department: A descriptive analysis. This is a multi-regional study involving KP Northern CA and Southern CA. Data collection is now complete. The first manuscript on the PE Severity Index was published in September, 2016, which several more in the works. 

  • Kharbanda E, Kharbanda A, Ballard DW, with the CREST Network, and others. EHR-based decision support for pediatric acute abdominal pain in emergency care. This NIH-supported study began in 2015. Our first ms will be submitted in the summer of 2017: Kharbanda AB, Vazquez-Benitez G, Ballard DW, Vinson DR, Chettipally UK, Kene MV, Dehmer D, Bachur R, Dayan P, Kuppermann N, O’Connor PJ, Kharbanda EO. Development and validation of a new pediatric Appendicitis Risk Calculator (pARC).  
  • Ballard DW, with the KP CREST Network and PECARN. Development of a computerized decision support tool for the care of children in the emergency department with minor blunt head trauma. Study complete. Analysis underway. Manuscripts underway.
  • Nishijima DK, Elms AR, Vinson DR, et al. Field triage of head injured older adults taking anticoagulants or platelet inhibitors. Publications began in the summer of 2016.
  • Fox C, Sidney S, Vinson DR, Fullerton HJ, et al. Evaluating cerebrovascular injury and stroke after head and neck trauma. Began in 2014. Abstract presented at the International Stroke Conference, San Francisco, CA, February 2016. Manuscript under review