Face down for better outcomes
Worldwide, often-fatal acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is thought to be responsible for 10% of all intensive care unit admissions. Research shows ARDS patients have better outcomes when positioned prone, or face down, instead of supine, or face up. A recent article by ChristianaCare’s Dannette Mitchell, MSN, and Maureen A. Seckel, MSN, in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ Advanced Critical Care journal outlines how we’ve updated our ARDS procedures and created standard of care prone positioning interdisciplinary guidelines for all adult critical care units.
Gene editing on a chip
Using once unimaginable technology, ChristianaCare’s Gene Editing Institute and Israeli biotech company NovellusDx have launched a breakthrough CRISPR gene-editing tool that offers radical new promise in the treatment of cancer. In just 24 hours, NovellusDx technology uses computer algorithms and live cells to rapidly probe genetic mutations in a patient’s cancer tumor. The process identifies so-called “driver mutations” that are most closely involved in cancer progression. The technology also screens different cancer drugs to determine which are likely to be most effective at shutting down driver mutations.