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Karen Giuliano

Associate Professor

Medical product innovation/development & associated clinical outcomes research
Medication administration safety with IV smart pumps
Non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia 
Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) Proposals

Current Research:

Karen’s specific interests are focused on the intersection of clinical needs and medical technology use, development and innovation.  Throughout her career, Karen has focused on clinical outcomes research and new product development and innovation. While at Philips Healthcare, Karen spent 12 years in various global roles, working with patient monitoring systems and clinical outcomes research.  As a result of her work in new product development at Philips, Karen was the global winner (2011) in the R&D category for new product innovation. In 2012, Karen received the professional achievement award for innovative product development from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. In 2016, Karen completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Yale University, where she collaborated across the schools of nursing, engineering and business while working on improving the safety and usability of IV smart infusion pumps.  

The central focus of Karen’s work is to improve patient outcomes through innovation in health care delivery practices and products. Specific areas of interest include improving medication administration safety using IV smart pumps, and the reduction of non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia.

Academic Background:

Yale University (2014-16): Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Babson College (2009) : MBA, Global Management Concentration
Boston College (2005): PhD

Giuliano, K, Hatch, C., Pozzar, R**. (2019). Thrombophylaxis after hospitalization for joint replacement surgery. Journal for Healthcare Quality. DOI: 10.1097/JHQ.000000000000204. PMID:31082932.
Marwitz, K, Giuliano, K., Wan-Ting Su., Degnan, D., Zink, R., DeLaurentis, P. (2019). High-Alert Medication Administration and Intravenous Smart Pumps: A Descriptive Analysis of Clinical Practice. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.
Giuliano, K., Quinn, B., Baker, D. (in press, Jan 2020). Sepsis in the context of non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia. American Journal of Critical Care. Baker, D., Quinn, B. Ewan, V., Giuliano, K. (2018). Sustaining quality improvement: Long-term reduction of non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. 9-6- 2018, DOI: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000359. PMID: 30198950
Giuliano, KK. (2018). IV smart pumps and error-prone programming tasks: Comparison of four devices. Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology. 52(s2):7-16. PMID: 29775384
Giuliano, K. (2018). Non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia: Where do we go from here? American Journal of Infection Control. 46(6): 730. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.02.017. PMID: 29655668
Giuliano, K. (2018). Non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia: Epidemiology to support prevention strategies. American Journal of Infection Control. 46(7): 847-848. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.03.007. PMID: 29661623.
Giuliano, K., Baker, D., Quinn, B. (2018). Non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia in U.S. Hospitals: Incidence, Cost and Mortality. American Journal of Infection Control, 46(3): 322-327. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2017.09.005.
Giuliano, K., Wan-Ting Su., DeLaurentis, P., Degnan, D., Zink, R., Fitzgerald, K. (2018). Intravenous smart pump drug library compliance: A descriptive study of 44 hospitals. Journal of Patient Safety. 14: e76-e82. Doi: 10.1097/PTS.000000000000000383. PMID: 2857495.
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