Research Protocol Services

With more than ten years of experience as an academic research and training center for Stanford Medicine, the team at CAPE can help you design and execute a study using a simulation-based investigative methodology.  Specific areas of expertise include how to:

  1. Generate a testable hypothesis
  2. Write clinical scenarios that realistically replicate relevant human and system interactions
  3. Recruit and consent subjects
  4. Capture and analyze important data
  5. Prepare abstracts and manuscripts for publication

Please reach us at (650) 724-5307 or to collaborate or learn more about research services. 



Patient Safety Learning Laboratories

Henry Lee, M.D. and CAPE's Director, Lou Halamek, M.D., were recently awarded a four-year grant of $4 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to optimize the safety of mothers and neonates before, during and after delivery.  Taking a fresh look at healthcare design, the investigators aim to develop and ultimately implement new ideas that improve patient safety in the labor and delivery ward.  Focus groups will soon begin providing feedback on clinical information that is meaningful to providers, work flows that identify and mitigate clinical deterioration more immediately, and physical layouts of the labor and delivery ward that are effective and efficient.



Guided Resuscitation

Supported by the Fogarty Institute of Innovation, family practice physician Peter Coelho, M.D. created the NeoCue System, a monitoring and decision support tool for neonatal resuscitation.  It has the potential to redefine the standard of care for neonates during the first few minutes after birth by providing automatic monitoring of vital physiologic data coupled with automated cues to guide decision-making during resuscitation. In a quest to test and further refine the NeoCue System, Dr. Coelho enlisted the expertise of the academic clinical faculty at CAPE for study methodology, design, and data analysis.  CAPE served as the research lab for Dr. Coelho's study, and CAPE's Simulation Specialists were instrumental in recreating the standardized, realistic clinical environment required for this research.  Through an iterative process and research protocol support from CAPE's faculty, Dr. Coelho completed the preliminary research and design for this novel tool.


Safer Intubation

Paula McWilliam, Ed.D., aims to precisely define and ultimately improve the technique of neonatal intubation by performing a study comparing the forces, motions and accelerations exerted by healthcare professionals when intubating a neonatal patient simulator.  Dr. McWilliam's ultimate goal is to develop a wireless laryngoscope that can be used to provide an objective and quantifiable assessment of competence for safe and effective intubation.