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Critical care research team recognised for outstanding achievement

Critical care research awardThe five-strong critical care research team has been recognised for their outstanding achievement in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Wessex annual awards.

The research team, which is based on the unit, has recruited more than 1,700 patients to 20 trials since it was established in 2011. It comprises Dr Henrik Reschreiter, ICU consultant and clinical lead for research on critical care, Julie Camsooksai, senior research nurse, research nurses Sarah Patch and Helena Barcraft-Barnes, and Lee Tbaily, research data manager.

The team’s success is down to integrating research into daily clinical practice, including as part of multidisciplinary team meetings and ward rounds, and ensuring the unit’s nursing and medical staff are supported as much as possible.

Almost 130 patients took part in one trial which showed that feeding patients intravenously or via a tube placed directly into the stomach were both equally effective. The results, based on two years of research, are now used to ensure clinicians have a choice of treatments for patients.

And one of the team’s latest trials is looking at whether sepsis can be diagnosed accurately at a patient’s bedside. It is hoped that results from this ongoing trial will eventually lead to improvements in the speed with which this serious condition can be targeted with antibiotics.

Julie said: “I am delighted and proud to receive this award on behalf of the team.

“This is recognition of the hard work, dedication and commitment of the research team. Together with the whole critical care team we continually strive to benefit and improve care for our patients.”

Matron for critical care, Eoin Scott, added: “The research team on critical care do an incredible job in ensuring we, and the wider NHS, are able to offer the very best care and treatment to our patients,” you said.

“The award is well-deserved and reflects a lot of hard work over the past five years.”

The awards were presented on Tuesday 14 March by Professor Nick Lemoine, medical director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, at an event at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

NIHR Clinical Research Network Wessex aims to increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, ensures that studies are carried out efficiently, and supports the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research in the NHS in the Wessex area.

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