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CHPS Research Nursing Core Services

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The Center for Human and Phenomic Science Research Nursing Core offers a variety of services for investigators' study needs.

  • Vital signs
  • Phlebotomy
  • Intensive Pharmokinetics
  • Tests requiring frequent blood draws: Oral or IV glucose tolerance tests, mixed meal tolerance tests
  • IV placement for MRI, sedation or food challenges related to research
  • Inpatient and scatterbed services
  • YSI 2950 biochemistry analysis of lactate and glucose
  • Experimental drug monitoring and management
  • ECG and Holter Monitor placement
  • Urine Pregnancy (HCG) Tests
  • Patient assessment and monitoring
  • Study implementation
  • Assistance with protocol start-up
  • Teaching
  • Laboratory processing
  • Laboratory shipping

Approval Required

All studies using the CHPS Research Nursing Core require IRB and CHPS approval before CHPS services can be provided or study visits are scheduled. In addition, studies need to be set up in OnCore and InBasket prior to scheduling.

Study Start-up Meeting

After a protocol is approved by both the IRB and CHPS, investigators must schedule a study start-up meeting with the CHPS Nurse Manager to discuss the protocol at least two weeks prior to registering and scheduling subjects.

Lab Manual of Operations

A Manual of Operations is required at the time of the start-up meeting to ensure the correct processing of samples when specimen-processing services are requested. If LIMS is required or special tubes must be ordered, please allow for more time prior to start.

Study protocol charges are based on actual staff time for an hourly rate. The eCHPS application lists the services. Using your enrollment numbers and schedule of procedures, CHPS resources will be determined and Clinical Trials Financial Management will develop the SIFTER budget plan. Any changes in procedures and processes to be followed by CHPS staff must be documented in writing and be approved by the IRB if the protocol and/or consent have been revised. Charges are incurred for tracking specimens in LIMS and will be added to the overall nursing time.

Examples of procedures include but are not limited to the following:

  • Phlebotomy only
  • Specimen collection/processing/shipping
  • processing and shipping
  • 12-hour pharmacokinetic study with 8 blood draw timepoints
  • Infusions, injections
  • ECG and Holter Monitor placement

Requests for appointments for the CHPS Research Nursing Core are made and confirmed in EPIC using the EPIC InBasket System. Requests should be made at least 48 hours ahead of the visit.

Same-day scheduling is accepted if this has been discussed at the time of the study start-up. Same-day visits must be put in the InBasket and the patient associated to the study prior to bringing the patient or calling for scatterbed services. Study coordinators meet the study subjects at the CHPS outpatient lab and attend the subject's appointment. To ensure timely collection of samples, please be sure that your subjects are ready for the CHPS Nursing staff to perform phlebotomy.

Nursing procedures and sample collection are performed Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wood Building, First Floor, unless arrangements have been made for a later arrival time.

Conference Room space adjacent to and/or in the Outpatient Unit is available for the study team to conduct subject interviews but must be reserved. Conference or exam room space must appear on the resource request. Industry-funded protocols will pay for the use of CHPS space.

The CHPS Research Nursing Core is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last blood draw requiring processing is 4:20 p.m. All arrangements for off-hour services or drop offs require nurse manager approval and are dependent upon demand and staffing availability.

Limited weekend visits are provided on the third Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Contact the nurse manager directly if a Saturday visit is being considered. Study staff and/or the PI need to be present at the weekend visit.

Study coordinators plan to meet study subjects at the CHPS outpatient area at the time of the subject's appointment. To ensure timely collection of samples, please be sure that your subjects are ready for the CHPS Nursing staff to perform phlebotomy.