About Children's Hospital Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Center (P-CTRC)
The P-CTRC is a multidisciplinary setting in which physicians can investigate childhood diseases in a controlled environment on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The center encourages collaboration among basic and clinical scientists, promoting studies that may translate into new or improved patient care methods. The P-CTRC includes inpatient and outpatient facilities, as well as a specimen-processing laboratory. In addition, statistical support is provided by the P-CTRC biostatistician, including consultation on experimental design, data analysis, and data management.
The inpatient unit includes four beds in single- or double-housing rooms to accommodate most study designs. Inpatient rooms provide a chair bed for one parent to stay with a child, a telephone, television, and video cassette and digital video player. An activity room for young children and a teen lounge are also available. The hospital employs child-life specialists who coordinate special activities for children.
The inpatient unit is staffed by nurses who are trained in clinical research. The P-CTRC inpatient nurse manager coordinates all admissions and supervises inpatient protocols. The nurse manager develops a nursing co-protocol for each approved clinical protocol conducted at the P-CTRC.
The P-CTRC outpatient unit has a patient waiting area, private patient restroom, four exam rooms, phlebotomy area, specimen processing laboratory, administrative offices, and P-CTRC nursing offices. All areas are adjacent to enhance unit efficiency. P-CTRC outpatient nurses schedule visits and are also available to assist the investigator, or to perform some testing procedures independently.
Nursing Staff Support Services
Laboratory Facilities and Testing
4401 Penn Avenue
AOB, 3rd floor
Rabbit Suite, 3400
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Hours of Operation
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday
Administrator: Lynnette Orlansky