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The Southwest Node (SW-RNC)

The University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) is home to the newly created Southwest Research Node Center for PECARN (SW-RNC). The SW-RNC is made up of the UAHS as the node center and as the Arizona Hospital Emergency Department Affiliate (HEDA-AZ); the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (HEDA-NM); the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (HEDA-OK); and the New Mexico Emergency Medical Services Consortium as the EMS Affiliate (EMSA-NM).

The SW-RNC builds on an existing robust and innovative clinical trials infrastructure to conduct PECARN-approved, multi-institutional research to improve emergency medical care of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth. The combination of the extensive clinical research expertise of the SW-RNC investigators and the powerful clinical research environment provided by this grant will help to develop and deploy innovative, funded, practice-changing clinical research protocols.

The SW-RNC brings important experience in pediatric emergency clinical trials management, including exception from informed consent, asthma management approaches that successfully reach into underserved communities, and NIH-funded, region-wide, prehospital traumatic brain injury research. The SW-RNC substantially increases access to rural and prehospital patients and has the largest representation of Hispanics and Native Americans in the United States.


Institution:
The University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS)

Principal Investigator:
Kurt Denninghoff, MD

Goals and Objectives:
1. Conduct PECARN approved Multi institutional research to improve emergency care.

2. Bring important experience including exception form informed consent, asthma management that reach into underserved communities.

3. Increase access to rural and prehospital patients.

4. Explore prehospital brain injury research.

Hospital Emergency Department Affiliates (HEDAs):

  • The University of Arizona Health Sciences
    Kurt Denninghoff, MD, is the principal investigator for SW-RNC and the Arizona HEDA at UAHSC. He is a Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine, associate head of Emergency Medicine, and associate director of the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center - Tucson.
  • The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
    Robert Sapien, MD, MMM  is the principal investigator for the HEDA-NM. He is a Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and Associate Dean for Admissions at the UNM School of Medicine.
  • Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center
    Amanda Bogie, MD, is the principal investigator for HEAD-OK. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Section Chief for Pediatric Emergency Medicine within the Department of Pediatrics. She is also the fellowship director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) at the University of Oklahoma.

EMS Affiliate:

  • New Mexico EMS Consortium
    Darren Braude, MD, MPH, EMT-P, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology and the Tim Fleming Endowed Professor of EMS at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, serves as the scientific advisor for the EMS Affiliate (EMSA-NM). Dr. Braude is chief of the EMS and Disaster Medicine Section, program director of the EMS Fellowship, director of the New Mexico EMS Bureau and medical director of several EMS agencies.

Table 2:SOURCE: Census.gov (2009-2013)

Arizona

New Mexico

Oklahoma

SW RNC

United States
 

Land area in square miles

113,594

121,298

68,595

303,487

3,531,905

Population

6,731,484

2,085,572

3,878,051

12,695,107

318,857,056

Persons per Square Mile (2010)

56.3

17.0

54.7

 

87.4

% Persons Under 18 years

24.4

24.3

24.6

24.4

23.3

% Native American

5.3

10.4

9.0

7.3

1.2

% Hispanic

30.3

47.3

9.6

26.8

17.1

% Rural Population

10.19

22.57

33.76

19.4

19.3

% Uninsured (2012)

17.6

18.4

18.4

18

14.8

% Below Poverty Level (2013)

18.6

21.9

16.8

18.6

15.4

% Children under 19 below 200% of poverty (2013)

51.5

54.7

50.4

51.7

44.5