Gray receives NPSF grant
BIDMC neonatologist James Gray, MD, has been awarded a grant by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) for a project that looks at "trigger" events that can lead to the activation of a rapid response team.
The NPSF Board Research Grant has been awarded to Gray to study "Trigger Events as a Burst-like Phenomena: Understanding the Role of Care Team Structure and Designing Solutions." He will examine the transmissible nature of patient events requiring intervention by a rapid response team (RRT) - a multidisciplinary medical team that provides critical care to patients who experience sudden clinical deterioration. The investigator's previous work on RRTs suggests that the occurrence of an RRT event appears to influence or predict the risk of future deterioration in other patients.
Using a large data set (more than 100,000 admissions), Gray and his team will explore whether an individual patient's risk of decline is affected by the complex set of connections that exist between patients, their care, and the teams providing that care.
The NPSF Board Research Grant is supported in part by contributions from NPSF Board members. The funding promotes studies leading to the prevention of human errors, system errors, patient injuries and their consequences.
Gray's proposal was selected from 125 submissions reviewed by an independent committee of 11 healthcare experts. That committee was chaired by Bruce Lambert, PhD, Professor of Pharmacy Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Since 1998, NPSF has supported 36 research projects with more than $3.6 million in grant funding.