The Legacy of EM Research at Hennepin

For more than 40 years the Emergency Department at HCMC has published innovative and high-quality research that has shaped the practice of emergency medicine. From the first descriptions of Rapid Sequence Intubation, to the first use of point-of-care-ultrasound to detect pericardial effusions, to the first case reports on emergency cricothyrotomies, Hennepin EM paved the road for research in the Emergency Department.

The Research Tradition Continues

We continue this tradition today with research that continues to improve the practice of emergency medicine with our key research faculty Dr. James Miner, Dr. Stephen Smith, Dr. Johanna Moore, Dr. Mike Puskarich, Dr. Brian Driver, Dr. Matt Prekker, and Dr. Jon Cole. Our core areas of research include emergency pain and sedation management, cardiac arrest, emergency airway management, EKG and troponins in Acute Myocardial Infarction, sepsis, agitation, toxicology, and many others. 

Current Studies

Current research studies include:

CLOVERS: Crystalloid Liberal or Vasopressors Early Resuscitation in Sepsis

VICTAS: Vitamin C, Thiamine, and Steroids in Sepsis

ACCESS: ACCESS to the Cardiac Cath Lab in Patients Without STEMI Resuscitated From Out-of-hospital VT/VF Cardiac Arrest

PREPARE II: Preventing cardiovascular collapse with Administration of fluid Resuscitation during Induction and Intubation

HOBIT: Hyperbaric Oxygen Brain Injury Treatment Trial

National Emergency Airway Registry: Observational registry of ED intubations

CO-Met: A study of a new carbon monoxide finger sensor

Peak Expiratory Flow Rate for Emergency Department Management of Acute Asthma Exacerbation: A randomized trial comparing peak flow guided asthma therapy to asthma management without peak flow values

Survey studies:

  • Compassion survey
  • Resident communication survey
  • ETRACT 2

About Us

The Department of Emergency Medicine is comprised of the physicians, physician-assistants and staff dedicated to the delivery of emergency medical services for HCMC. Emergency Medicine Faculty physicians provide emergency medical care, teach students of many types, and conduct research leading to innovation of emergency care.

Our Residency Program in Emergency Medicine, its residents, and its graduates are a source of great pride for our Department. It began in 1972 with two residents, years before recognition of the discipline of Emergency Medicine as a medical specialty. Today we match twelve residents per year in our three-year program.

Hennepin County Medical Center
Dept of Emergency Medicine
701 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 873-5683


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