Critical Care

Research Project Title Investigators Brief Project Description ISLHD Sites/Departments [External organisations]
An evidence-informed emergency nursing assessment framework Belinda Munroe, Kate Curtis Implementation and evaluation of an evidence-informed emergency nursing assessment framework in clinical practice. Wollongong Hospital, Shellharbour Hospital, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Emergency Department, Medical Records
Emergency Care Facility Profile Project in Rural/Regional Emergency Care Andrew Gosbell Rural Regional Emergency Department and Hospital-based Emergency Care Facility Profile Project. Milton Ulladulla Hospital, Emergency Department; [Australasian College for Emergency Medicine]
Chest Injury Protocol (ChIP) Kate Curtis, Belinda Munroe A survey for identification of facilitators and barriers to implementing a new chest injury protocol (ChIP) for patients with blunt chest injury at two ISLHD sites. Wollongong Hospital, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Emergency Department, Anaesthetics, Division of Surgery, Physiotherapy, Admissions, Wollongong Hospital
Family experiences of organ and tissue donation Rhonda McLaren National study of family experiences of organ and tissue donation. Organ and Tissue Donation Service, Wollongong Hospital; [Proof Research Pty Ltd]
A National Survey of attitudes and perceptions of acupuncture in perioperative care Sumati Josh Australian doctors’ and nurses’ attitudes and perceptions of acupuncture and acupressure practice in perioperative care - A National Survey. Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Critical Care Division, Division of Surgery
Blood ketone levels in acute patients Richard Morris The demographic factors associated with blood ketone levels in acute care inpatients. Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Intensive Care Service
Time to intubation during CPR Sara Arcioni Time to intubation during CPR: video versus standard laryngoscopy. Wollongong Hospital, Intensive Care Service
A cluster randomised controlled trial of selective decontamination of the Digestive Tract in Critically Ill Patientsl Martin Sterba   Intensive Care Service, Wollongong Hospital
PLUS Study Martin Sterba A multi-centre, blinded, randomised, controlled trial to determine whether fluid resuscitation and therapy with a “balanced” crystalloid solution (Plasma-Lyte 148®) compared with 0.9% sodium chloride (saline) decreases 90-day mortality in critically ill patients requiring fluid resuscitation. Intensive Care Service, Wollongong Hospital; [The George Institute for Global Health]
SuDDICU Study Martin Sterba A crossover, cluster randomised controlled trial of Selective Decontamination of the Digestive Tract in Intensive Care Unit patients in Australian and New Zealand. Intensive Care Service, Wollongong Hospital; [The George Institute for Global Health]
TAME Cardiac Arrest Trial Martin Sterba Targeted therapeutic mild hypercapnia after resuscitated cardiac arrest: A phase III multi-centre randomised controlled trial. [Monash University]
RESTORE-IMI-2 Martin Sterba Study A Phase III, Randomized, Double-Blind, Active Comparator-Controlled Clinical Trial to Study the Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of Imipenem/Cilastatin /Relebactam (MK-7655A) Versus Piperacillin/Tazobactam in Subjects with Hospital-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia or Ventilator-Associated Bacterial Pneumonia. Critical Care Division; [Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.]
Suicide Audits Fiona Shand Conducting local suicide audits in four trial sites for a suicide prevention intervention in New South Wales. Wollongong Hospital, Shellharbour Hospital, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Bulli Hospital, Milton Ulladulla Hospital, Emergency Department, Mental Health Services; [Black Dog Institute]
Triage Accuracy and Consistency Study Wayne Varndell, Kate Ruperto Investigation in the consistency and accuracy of triaging. Emergency Department, Medical Records, Wollongong Hospital, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital
Arterial Blood Gases in Pre-Admission Clinic Tim Cooper, Natalie Smith Arterial blood gas analysis in pre-surgical admission clininc. Anaesthetics, Wollongong Hospital, Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital
PEPTIC Study histamine Martin Sterba A multi-centre, cluster randomised, crossover, registry trial comparing the safety and efficacy of proton pump inhibitors with 2 receptor blockers for ulcer prophylaxis in intensive care patients requiring invasive mechanical intervention. ISLHD Health; [Austin Health]
Pharlap Study Alan Davey-Quinn A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of an Open Lung Strategy including Permissive Hypercapnia, Alveolar Recruitment and Low Airway Pressure in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Critical Care Division; [Monash University]
TRIUS Martin Sterba A Phase 3 Randomised Double-blind study comparing TR-701 FA and Linezolid in ventilated Gram-positive Nosocomial Pneumonia. Ambulatory and Primary Health Care, Critical Care Division; [Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.]
Consensus-based clinical research in emergency nursing Kate Curtis, Julie Considine, Ramon Shaban, Marq Fry Consensus-based clinical research priorities for emergency nursing in Australia. Emergency Services; [University of Sydney, UTS, Deakin University]
Review of child injury data Kate Curtis, Rebecca Mitchell 10-year review of child injury hospitalisations, health outcomes and treatment costs in Australia. Emergency Services; [University of Sydney, Macquarie University]
Improving health outcomes in children suffering major injury Kate Curtis This research is identifying the most effective treatment pathways to ensure the best possible health outcomes for seriously injured children. [NHMRC]
Emergency nursing clinical assessment - HIRAID. Belinda Munroe and Kate Curtis Improving the accuracy and effectiveness of emergency nursing clinical assessment - HIRAID. Emergency Services; [University of Sydney]
Evaluation of an evidence-based approach to improving outcomes in blunt chest injuries: (ChIP) Kate Curtis, Belinda Munroe, Kate Ruperto, Sharyn Balzer, Dan Daly Chest Injury Bundle of Care Protocol (ChIP) is an evaluation of an evidence-based approach to improving outcomes and reducing hospital-acquired complications in patients with blunt chest injuries. Wollongong Hospital, Emergency Department, Intensive Care Service, Anaesthetics, Division of Surgery, Acute Pain Service, Physiotherapy; [Royal North Shore Hospital, Canterbury Hospital, Hornsby Hospital, St George Hospital ]
Electronic medical record (eMR) tool to improve Emergency Department to ward handover Kate Ruperto, Kate Curtis, Janet White, Karen Tuqirl Evaluation of the implementation of an electronic medical record (eMR) tool to improve Emergency Department to ward handover. Wollongong Hospital, Emergency Department, Finance; [NSW Ministry of Health]
Soft cervical collars for
cervical spine
injury in ED
Kate Curtis, Stephen Asha, Josh Lansom, Sharyn Blazer Safety of using soft
cervical collars for
suspected cervical spine injury in the emergency department.
Emergency Services; [St George Hospital, Prince of Wales, Sutherland]
Emergency discharge care practices for older people with cognitive impairment Kate Curtis, Marg Fry Improving emergency discharge care practices for older people with cognitive impairment returning to the community. Emergency Department; [Northern Sydney Local Health District]
Patient information brochures for anxiety reduction: RCT James Brinton, Kate Curtis, Soni Putnis Does the provision of patient information brochures for adult emergency surgery patients reduce their anxiety: A multicentre randomised control study. Emergency Department, Division of Surgery
Evaluation of pre-emergency admission phlebotomy Soo-Ming Phang, Kate Curtis, Clair Nixon, Ben Wakeling, George Gray, Adam Walker Implementation evaluation of pre-hospital phlebotomy for patients being transported by ambulance to Wollongong Hospital Emergency Department. A feasibility study. Emergency Department
The impact of an extended Paediatric Trauma Support Service on acute service outcomes Kate Curtis Examining the impact of the introduction of an extended Paediatric Trauma Support Service on acute service outcomes and patient health related quality of life at admission, 3, 6 & 12 months post severe trauma. Emergency Department; [Lady Cilento Hospital]
Towards better outcomes: Monitoring quality of care and long term clinical outcomes of severely injured patients in NSW. TORQUE Kate Curtis https://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/institute-of-trauma-and-…. Ambulatory and Primary Health Care, Emergency Department; [Agency for Clinical Innovation]
The IRISH study Kate Curtis Investigating the Redesign Implementation Strategy of interdisciplinary trauma team training on Health service and patient outcomes. Emergency Department; [Westmead Hospital]
The National Trauma Registry, Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program Kate Curtis https://www.ntri.org.au/australian-trauma-quality-improvement-program-a…. Emergency Department; [Monash University, Alfred Health]
Obesity hypoventilation syndrome perioperatively Natalie Smith, Michael Connolly, John Deady Perioperative course of patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome. Anaesthetics
Simulation Medicine Simon Binks, Nathan Trist, Kate Molnar, Ruchit Agrawal What is the optimal method for debriefing?: This study compared satisfaction with video-assisted debriefing versus traditional debriefing. Wollongong Hospital, Emergency Department
Screening tool to identify patients at risk of transitioning from acute to chronic postsurgical pain Buddhika Habaragamuwa Developing a screening tool to identify patients at risk of transitioning from acute to chronic postsurgical pain, as well as those at risk of continuing opioid use in the postsurgical period. Wollongong Hospital, Perioperative Clinic, Anaesthetics
Pain development after surgery Buddhika Habaragamuwa,Sonia Markocic Identifying people who may be at risk of developing persistent pain after surgery. Anaesthetics
Neostigmine effects in healthy volunteers Natalie Smith Side effects of neostigmine. Anaesthetics; [The San Hospital]
Teaching self-reflection to anaesthesia trainees Natalie Smith Development of an online learning module that can be used by any medical or other health practitioner. Testing of the module in a controlled study. Anaesthetics
Allergy documentation perioperatively Natalie Smith and Joshua Boom Accuracy of allergy documentation perioperatively. Anaesthetics
Preoperative management in obese patients Natalie Smith, Anthony Hodsdon Preoperative consultations with obese patients and their management. Anaesthetics
Production of a patient information brochure specifically for patients with obesity Natalie Smith, David Saunders   Anaesthetics
Perhabilitation before surgery Natalie Smith, Kasia Kulinski Prehabilitation for patients awaiting surgery. Anaesthetics
Postoperative outcomes in obese patients with 6 minute walk test Natalie Smith Prediction of postoperative outcomes in severely obese patients using the 6minute walk test. Anaesthetics
Drug costs in anaesthesia Natalie Smith, Justin Fong Understanding of drug costs in anaesthesia. Anaesthetics
Anaesthesia airway documentation Kasia Kulinski, Natalie Smith How well do anaesthetists document and predict difficult airways. Anaesthetics
Troponin and postoperative risk prediction Natalie Smith, Daniel Coric Usefulness of postoperative troponin measurements for risk prediction. Anaesthetics