Jensen Hart, Class of 2014
The Regional Medical Center (The Med), Memphis, TN
Time spent: June 2012-Present
My project studied early tracheostomy in traumatic brain and pulmonary injury patients. As part of my project, I helped prepare and IRB and examined 200+ charts of patients treated for traumatic neurological or pulmonary injuries. I analyzed the effects of performing tracheostomy prior to hospital day 5 on total days requiring ventilation. My study showed that early tracheostomy reduced both total ICU days and ventilator days. I am currently in the process of writing the manuscript.