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Karen Powers

InstitutionSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
AddressUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 667
Rochester NY 14642
 Awards And Honors
2010     Ruth A. Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award in Clinical Services
2004     Best Doctors
2011     Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine
2003     Miracle Maker Award (for outstanding commitment by a physician)
2006     Presidential Citation from Society of Critical Care Medicine for outstanding contributions to the society
1999     AOA - Elected by Fourth Year Medical Students
1993     Most Valuable Player at Pediatric Morning Report
1994     Most Valuable Player at Pediatric Morning Report
1993     Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award
Dr. Powers has been active in investigating the effects of parental presence during invasive procedures. As a result of this work, she was invited to serve on the task force sponsored by the Society for Critical Care Medicine to establish family centered guidelines in the intensive care environment. Dr. Powers was a primary author of the recommendations that stemmed from this work.

She has served as Primary Investigator for comparing Fick and Costatus cardiac output techniques on patients undergoing cardiac catheterization as well as the effects of that diuresis has on circulating blood volumes. She continues to collaborate with Dr. Jill Cholette on blood utilization on infants and children with congenital heart disease.

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  1. Cholette JM, Powers KS, Alfieris GM, Angona R, Henrichs KF, Masel D, Swartz MF, Daugherty LE, Belmont K, Blumberg N. Transfusion of Cell Saver Salvaged Blood in Neonates and Infants Undergoing Open Heart Surgery Significantly Reduces RBC and Coagulant Product Transfusions and Donor Exposures: Results of a Prospective, Randomized, Clinical Trial*. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2013 Feb; 14(2):137-47.
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  2. Cholette JM, Henrichs KF, Alfieris GM, Powers KS, Phipps R, Spinelli SL, Swartz M, Gensini F, Daugherty LE, Nazarian E, Rubenstein JS, Sweeney D, Eaton M, Lerner NB, Blumberg N. Washing red blood cells and platelets transfused in cardiac surgery reduces postoperative inflammation and number of transfusions: results of a prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 May; 13(3):290-9.
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  3. Cholette JM, Rubenstein JS, Alfieris GM, Powers KS, Eaton M, Lerner NB. Children with single-ventricle physiology do not benefit from higher hemoglobin levels post cavopulmonary connection: results of a prospective, randomized, controlled trial of a restrictive versus liberal red-cell transfusion strategy. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 Jan; 12(1):39-45.
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  4. Powers KS, Nazarian EB, Tapyrik SA, Kohli SM, Yin H, van der Jagt EW, Sullivan JS, Rubenstein JS. Bispectral index as a guide for titration of propofol during procedural sedation among children. Pediatrics. 2005 Jun; 115(6):1666-74.
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  5. Maffei FA, van der Jagt EW, Powers KS, Standage SW, Connolly HV, Harmon WG, Sullivan JS, Rubenstein JS. Duration of mechanical ventilation in life-threatening pediatric asthma: description of an acute asphyxial subgroup. Pediatrics. 2004 Sep; 114(3):762-7.
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  6. Maffei FA, Powers KS, van der Jagt EW. Apparent life-threatening events as an indicator of occult abuse. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004 Apr; 158(4):402; author reply 402-3.
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  7. Powers KS. Diagnosis and management of common toxic ingestions and inhalations. Pediatr Ann. 2000 Jun; 29(6):330-42.
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  8. Powers KS, Rubenstein JS. Family presence during invasive procedures in the pediatric intensive care unit: a prospective study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999 Sep; 153(9):955-8.
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  9. Watson WJ, Powers KS. Primary peritonitis associated with streptococcal toxic shock-like syndrome. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1999 Mar; 38(3):175-7.
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  10. Goldstein B, Powers KS. Head trauma in children. Pediatr Rev. 1994 Jun; 15(6):213-9; quiz 219.
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  11. Powers KS, Goldstein B, Merriam C, Chiafery M, Tornabene L, Paprocki S. A multi-disciplinary approach to families of brain dead children. Clin Intensive Care. 1994; 5(4):191-6.
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  12. Powers K, Fyfe DA, Taylor AB, Halushka PV, Crawford FA. Treatment of pulmonary vasospasm with prazosin after atrial septal defect closure in a child. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1989 May; 97(5):802-4.
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  13. Banik NL, Hogan EL, Powers JM, Smith KP. Proteolytic enzymes in experimental spinal cord injury. J Neurol Sci. 1986 May; 73(3):245-56.
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  14. Powers KS, Platzer EG. Oxygen consumption in mosquito larvae parasitized by Romanomermis culicivorax (Nematoda). Comp Biochem Physiol A Comp Physiol. 1984; 78(1):119-22.
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  15. Happel RD, Smith KP, Banik NL, Powers JM, Hogan EL, Balentine JD. Ca2+-accumulation in experimental spinal cord trauma. Brain Res. 1981 May 4; 211(2):476-9.
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