This page lists current research protocols at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Multi Trauma Critical Care Unit

Current Research Protocols


Sigh ventilation to increase ventilator-free days in victims of trauma (SiVent) at risk for the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Hypothesis: Adding sigh breaths to usual mechanical ventilation of victims of trauma who are at risk of developing ARDS will decrease the number of days they require invasive mechanical ventilation.

Trauma Genomics

Hypothesis #1: expression of genes and genomic pathways to be identified increase the risk of development of organ dysfunction and/or sepsis.

Hypothesis #2: Changes in the relative proportion of different microbiota in the gut and/or a reduction in gut microbiota diversity contributes to the risk of developing organ failure and sepsis.


Hyperbaric oxygen brain injury treatment (HOBIT).

Hypothesis: High doses of oxygen given under pressure can help patients with severe TBI recover with less disability.

Our Mission: To be the embodiment of patient-centered, safe, cost-effective, state-of-the-art care for the critically injured and ill

S. Galvagno, DO, PhD, FCCM

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