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Pediatric Clinical Research Center

The Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI) – Center for Clinical Translational Research (CCTR) – Pediatric Clinical Research Center (PCRC) is a core resource within the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) Clinical Research Center Network.

The Pediatric Clinical Research Center (PCRC) at Seattle Children’s provides an environment and resources for the multidisciplinary conduct of clinical research in children less than 21 years of age. The facility enables the study of a broad spectrum of human pathophysiology and diseases as well as commonly encountered clinical disorders. In addition to providing outpatient services, PCRC nurses can conduct research activities in other hospital areas including inpatient units, ER, OR, and ambulatory clinics.

Our Expertise

Our Expertise

PCRC research nurses are trained in Good Clinical Practice for Research and are PALS-certified. A primary nurse, assigned to each study, serves as the main point of contact. The primary nurse also develops the CRC protocol notebook (the standard reference guide for implementing your study in the PCRC) and conducts the protocol implementation meeting (PIM).

Who can use the PCRC?

Who can use the PCRC?

We require Seattle Children’s IRB approval for all studies. All investigators must be a credentialed Seattle Children’s provider or collaborate with a credentialed investigator.

The PCRC has many active studies from a broad range of departments/specialties including: Anesthesiology, Adolescent Medicine, Cardiology, Craniofacial, Critical/intensive Care, Emergency, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics, Genetics & Developmental Medicine, Hematology/oncology, Infectious Disease/immunology/Rheumatology, Nephrology, Pulmonary, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Rehabilitation Medicine/Occupational Therapy/Prosthetics and Orthotics, General Surgery, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Human Health and Community Medicine-Epidemiology, Social Work.

Services

Services

The PCRC is located on the 6th floor of the Ambulatory Care Building (ACB) at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Facility TypeTotalUsage Notes
Dedicated outpatient exam rooms8All rooms have blood draw chairs, bed, Vital sign monitors, TV, VCR, DVD players
Sleep Study room1Includes video-taping equipment
Psychological and neuropsychological testing room1Includes video-taping equipment
Weights/Measurements Room1Stand up scale for wheelchair use, infant scales, Stadiometer, infant length boards, vital sign monitors, blanket warmer
Nourishment room1Provide snacks and drinks for research participants
Secured Medication room1
Drop in Computer workstations for study teams34 computers and telephones
Conference room1Seats 20, includes computer and overhead projector
If you have an unusual site of practice or research need, please call the PCRC at (206) 987-3897 prior to submitting an application.
Procedures

Procedures

PCRC Medical Assistant

The PCRC Medical Assistant (MA) is trained to perform the following procedures.

  • Assist the RN in any protocol related procedures
  • Blood Draws
  • EKGs
  • Height, Weight, Head Circumference
  • Specimen Collection: Nails, Saliva, Sputum, Stool, Urine
  • Vital Signs/Pulse Oximetry

PCRC Nurses

The PCRC nurses are trained to perform the following procedures.

  • Allergy skin testing
  • Anaphylaxis monitoring and treatment
  • Assistance with infant pulmonary function testing
  • Assistance with concomitant medication and adverse event collection as allowed per protocol
  • Anthropometrics/Body measurements
  • Blood Draws
  • Central venous catheter access
  • EKG’s
  • Glucose tolerance testing
  • Infusion of investigational agents
  • Intensive/Complex PK-PD collections
  • Intravenous Line Placement (IVs)
  • Lab specimen processing and short term storage
  • Medication distribution
  • Nasogastric Tube Placement (NGs)

  • Nasal Swabs/Throat Swabs/Buccal Swabs for specimen collection or culture
  • Pain assessments
  • Patient monitoring
  • PK studies
  • Plasma/Serum Storage
  • PO, SQ, Topical, IM, and IV medication administration
  • PPD Placement and reading
  • Questionnaire administration, interviews, and surveys
  • Specimen Collection: Nails, Saliva, Sputum, Stool
  • Spirometry
  • Subject education
  • Urine collection, storage
  • Urine pregnancy testing
  • Vital sings including oximetry
  • Will train in any nursing approved protocol procedures

Equipment & Supplies

Equipment & Supplies

  • BIA Analyzer System Quantum X
  • Biodynamics-Body composition analyzer
  • Blanket warmers
  • Digital scales (infant and adult)
  • Twelve-Lead EKG Machine with ability to download EKG’s
  • Glucose monitoring (Roche AccuChek)
  • Grason-Stadler Auto Tymp for tympanomometry
  • Hydraulic Hand Dynamometer
  • Infusion pumps
  • Length Board
  • Medication refrigerator
  • Hospital beds ordered from central supply for sleep room
  • Oxygen and suction in each room
  • Oxygen, free standing mobile tank
  • Oximeter
  • Projector and Projector Screen
  • In-floor scale (calibrated quarterly)
  • Spirometer
  • Stadiometer (calibrated weekly)
  • TV/VCR/DVD in each exam room
  • 4 Cameras/Video equipment, Mixer Splitter, DVD/VHS Recorder/Player, microphone
  • Welch Allyn Vital Sign Monitors in each exam room
  • EndoPAT Machine with computer software
  • Psychological and neuropsychological Psychometry Supplies:

  • Bayley Scales-III
  • Beery VMI- 5th Edition and Beery VMI 6th Edition
  • CPT-II and Kiddie CPT
  • DAS-II
  • D-KEFS
  • Eyes Test
  • Grooved Pegboard
  • Mullen Scales

  • NEPSY-II
  • PPVT-3 and PPVT-4
  • WASI and WASI-II
  • WIAT-II
  • WISC-IV
  • WPPSI-III and WPPSI-IV
  • WRAML-2
  • WRAT-4
  • WCST64

Getting Started

Getting Started

Please complete the PCRC Application.

Contact Us

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Research Coordinator Core at Seattle Children’s

The Seattle Children’s Research Coordinator Core is a team of experienced clinical research staff available to collaborate with investigators and their research teams in all phases of clinical research. Staff possess expertise in protocol management, study implementation, and study coordination, and are well-versed in federal regulations, good clinical practice (GCP), and Seattle Children’s institutional requirements and policies.

To request services, please complete the online request form, or visit the Seattle Children’s website to learn more.

Cite ItThe Institute is supported by grants UL1TR000423, KL2TR000421, and TL1TR000422 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA). Please help us continue to support your research by citing our grant number(s) in publications we supported.