Dr. Kurrek’s current research focus is the use of realistic, full-scale simulation for the assessment of individual and team performance. He is the founder of and co-principal investigator of the International Simulation Outcome Registry (in collaboration with the Society of Simulation in Health Care). His other focus is the use of data registries and multisource feedback as part of a comprehensive quality assurance program in anesthesia. This includes the feasibility and impact of a clinical registry in anesthesia for orthopedic surgery including an in-situ simulation training based on reported adverse events. The program has been recognized as exemplary by the hospital administration.
As the vice chair of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Standards Committee, Dr. Kurrek changed the Canadian Guidelines and added capnographic monitoring during sedation. He is the principal investigator for an international multicenter trial, measuring adverse respiratory events by capnography among high-risk patients in the recovery room and 24 hours post-operatively.