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Hackensack Receives 2019 Star Award for Research Excellence from the Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress

CardiologyHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know

Hackensack was awarded the 2019 Star Award for Research Excellence from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Congress in San Diego for participating in a study entitled, “Monocyte Distribution Width (MDW), A Novel Indicator of Sepsis-2 and Sepsis-3 in High Risk Emergency Department Patients.”

Details about the study

Led by Joseph E. Parrillo, M.D., chair of the Heart and Vascular Hospital and the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi Endowed Chair at Hackensack, the study enrolled 2,158 patients who sought treatment in emergency departments. Hackensack, one of three health care facilities selected to participate, provided more than 700 study participants.

The research team at Hackensack, led by Dr. Parrillo, included:

Dr. Parrillo says the next step is a Decision Impact Study.

“Sepsis and septic shock are real challenges in American Medicine today,” said Dr. Parrillo. “If a patient develops septic shock, the mortality rate is 40-50 percent. This study shows that a new blood test, called the Monocyte Distribution Width (MDW), significantly helps in the diagnosis of sepsis and septic shock and provides substantial added value compare to current sepsis screening approaches.”

From left to right: Joseph E. Parrillo, M.D., chair of the Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center; Elliott Crouser, M.D., The Ohio State University and Keri Bicking, PharmD, Department of Pharmacy at Hackensack University Medical Center.