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The CTRC provides experienced research nurse coordinators to assist with protocol implementation. Once an investigator’s protocol is approved by the IRB and by the CTRC Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), a meeting is arranged with one of the research nurse coordinators. Details of the protocol are discussed and the research nurse coordinators serve as liaisons to help the investigator and study coordinator coordinate all departments that are needed to implement the protocol, including investigational pharmacy, Cincinnati Children’s lab, radiology, etc. Detailed study-specific physician orders and data collection flowsheets are developed for the protocol. These orders describe in precise detail the steps to properly implement the study. The orders are reviewed and finalized by the investigator.
The research nurse coordinators educate and train the CTRC clinical / research staff for each new protocol. The nursing staff is trained for complex, detailed research observations and precise collection and storage of specimens. The research nurse coordinators maintain contact with the investigator and study coordinator throughout the study to ensure positive outcomes and continue to monitor the research study until its completion.
For research participants who cannot be seen in the CTRC, support is available for the use of “scatter” beds for research purposes in other units throughout the hospital (i.e. the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the psychiatric unit.) The same research services as mentioned above are available for the scatter beds.
The inpatient research center is on A7C2 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The outpatient research center is on E2 and is open 7:00 am-7:30 pm Monday- Friday and 7:00am-7:30pm on one Saturday each month.
The Research Nursing Core also runs the Sample Processing Lab.
For more information about the Research Nursing Services at the Clinical Translational Research Center of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, contact Becca Harper at 513-636-8750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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