The Royal North Shore Hospital, Intensive Care Research Departments primary research goal is to support the design and conduct of high quality clinical research that focuses on improving appropriate patient centred outcomes. The research department incorporates three main areas:
- The Intensive Care Clinical Research Program, under the guidance of Professor Simon Finfer.
- The Northern Clinical School Intensive Care Research Unit, led by Professor Gordon Doig.
- The Critical Care Nursing Professorial Unit, under the direction of Professor Sharon McKinley.
The Research involvement of the department includes a combination of investigator initiated, collaborative group, and industry-sponsored trials. The main areas of research interest include blood glucose control, fluid resuscitation, severe sepsis, enteral and parenteral nutrition, renal replacement therapy, and subarachnoid haemorrhage.
The research department leaders are world-class researchers. Of particular note is Professor Simon Finfer who is world-renowned as a research leader in intensive care. Professor Finfer has been the Principle investigator and co-investigator on three of the largest Intensive Care Trials to date; the SAFE study, NICE-SUGAR, and the recently completed CHEST study.
We support and encourage all staff to participate in research, whether it is from participant recruitment to conducting your own trial or project. We have an established research office with experienced research staff who can assist new employees in undertaking and completing the required ICU project. We also assist staff to submit project abstracts for presentations at intensive care conferences, along with writing manuscripts for publication.Recently completed registrar project topics include:
- Is there a definable relationship between cardiac output and the Temperature Differential from the pulmonary artery to the radial artery? – examined using novel intra-arterial sensor
- Accuracy of point-of-care glucometers in the Intensive Care Unit
- Systematic review of Dobutamine in cardiac failure
We have major collaborations with the ANZICS-CTG, ANZICS-RC, The George Institute for Global Health, Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, The Scandinavian Critical Care Trials Group, University of Sydney, and the University of Technology Sydney.