UC Associate Professor Receives Grant for Skin Blood Flow Project
Cincinnati--Judy Wright Lott, RNC, NNP, DSN, associate professor, UC
College of Nursing, has received a grant in the amount of $264,785 from
the National Institute of Nursing Research, an affiliate of the
National Institutes of Health. This research will identify common
characteristics of skin blood flow in full-term healthy newborns, which
can be used to clinically assess the newborn population. Lott is
collaborating with Steven B. Hoath, MD, associate professor of
pediatrics/neonatology, UC College of Medicine.
The laser Doppler tool is a tiny fiber-optic light that measures
changes in the movement of red blood cells in the skin blood vessels.
During the noninvasive procedure, a heated probe is placed on the
newborn's skin. This probe measures changes, speed, and volume of the
skin blood flow to detect any abnormalities. The FDA approved tool is
used clinically for some patients, but it has not been used extensively
The three-year project consists of three major parts. The first study
will help determine the best measurement sites. The second part will
study how the skin blood flow changes over time. The final study will
determine the effectiveness of the Doppler's ability to detect changes
that occur in the early stages of infection.
The researchers hope to demonstrate that the laser Doppler assessment
provides additional information about the newborn's condition and leads
to improved care for critically ill or premature infants.