The goals of the Acute Care Biobanking Core are to encourage and facilitate microbiome- focused research in the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of patients with critical illness. Many patients who are critically ill are subject to processes and complications with microbially-driven or infectious mechanisms. The Core will assist in research by providing de-identified samples with linked clinical metadata to support research in this area, collect specimens as needed in support of microbiome research, and offer support for development of such research in the critical care setting.
"The Core will assist with planning, preparation of IRB submissions, and other aspects of microbiome studies in the critical care setting."
"Specimens will be focused on critically ill subjects (respiratory failure, sepsis). Specimens will include:
• Upper respiratory tract (oropharyngeal swab)
• Lower respiratory tract (endotracheal aspirate)
Linked but de-identified clinical metadata will include demographics, underlying & acute illnesses, clinical microbiology data and selected lab data."
"The Core maintains clinical infrastructure in the critical care setting to collect custom specimens as needed upon user request, as determined by goals of specific project and investigator needs. Specimen processing, logging and storage are available."