Improving Intensive Care Outcomes

Improving Intensive Care Outcomes2022-03-04T12:49:36+01:00

Professor Hans Fuchs, MD

Head of Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine
Mara Güntert (Assistant to H. Fuchs)
T: +49 (0)761 270-45030
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Center for Pediatrics, Department of General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine and Neonatology, Division of Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine
Medical Center– University of Freiburg
Hugstetter Str. 55
79106 Freiburg
Germany

Our research aims to improve the outcome of pediatric and neonatal patients requiring intensive care. We focus on testing and optimizing ventilation and nutritional strategies for both neonatal and pediatric patients.

Main methods:

  • Randomized clinical trials (RCT)
  • Observational clinical trials
  • Physical bench models studies
  • Qualitative health care research
  • Human milk matrix analysis

TEAM

Group Leader: Hans Fuchs

Neonatal Respiratory Management

  • Jana Baumgartner, M.D.
  • Philip Müller, M.D.

Pediatric Respiratory Management

  • Hendryk Schneider, M.D.
Human Milk Lab

  • Daniel Klotz, M.D., MHBA
  • Olimpia Manzardo, M.D.

Patient and Family Centered Intensive Care (PFCC)

  • Daniel Matheisl, M.D., M.A.

RESEARCH THEMES

Main topics of our research are:

  • Avoidance of inhomogeneous lung ventilation in premature infants. Pulmonary emphysema and pneumothorax are clinical hallmarks of ventilation induced lung injuries. We investigate whether modulations of the I:E ratio homogenize ventilation distribution in the premature lung.
  • Ventilation in pediatric lung failure secondary to stem cell transplantation. We aim to assess the scope of PARDS  in these patients, characterize the underlying pathophysiology and to formulate ventilation strategies to  changes and formulate ventilation strategies to improve the outcome of this often fatal lung diseases post stem cell transplantation.
  • Human milk treatment devices. Human milk increases the short and long-term outcomes of premature infants but handling practices reduce the quality of human milk. We develop and test novel human milk treatment devices aiming for CMV inactivation and reduction of bacterial load.
  • Improving pediatric intensive care for families. Intensive care treatment of children is a major stress factor for patients and their families. We are aiming to understand the relationships of families and the ICU environment, to identify stressors and protective factors, in order to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values.

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS

COLLABORATIONS, CO-OPERATIONS AND NETWORKS

FUNDING

Stiftungsfonds – University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Jan und Berta Schmidt-Stiftung, Burghausen, Germany

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