Dr. Brian Peach brings his extensive clinical nursing experience in critical care to his research to study the impact of organizational factors on septic patient outcomes, and post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).

Sepsis is one of the leading causes of mortality in the United States, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a core measure with an associated bundle of interventions for hospital clinicians to improve patient outcomes. Peach’s recent project examined organizational factors associated with high and low compliance with the measure and its bundle, which has complex and time-sensitive interventions. He further plans to study which elements of the core measure are most critical to improving outcomes.

Post-intensive care syndrome is a new or worsening impairment of cognition, mental health, or physical function after critical illness and persisting beyond the acute care hospitalization. Peach’s research interests in PICS involve studying the associations between medical and nursing care factors, and long-term patient outcomes such as mortality rates, readmission rates, and the impact on patients’ quality of life and relationships.

His 15 years of clinical experience have largely been in intensive care units (ICUs) at large academic medical centers, including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the UF Health-Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

In addition to his faculty appointment at UCF College of Nursing, Peach currently works in the Multi-system ICU at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Central Florida’s only level one trauma center.

  • PhD, University of Florida
  • MSN, Villanova University
  • BSN, Villanova University


Professional Organizations
  • AcademyHealth
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Florida Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

Expertise & Research