Advancements in research2018-02-08T03:52:46+10:00

Advancements in research

Getting the numbers right

If you’re a nerd for numbers you’ll love this week’s #ThinkyThursday! Biostatistician Anita works on around 20 projects at one time!. Click here to discover some incredible Metro North statistics.

Improving nutrition in hip fracture patients

Did you know nutrition is crucial for patient recovery? Check out this #TPCH team who researching how to improve nutrition in hip fracture patients to decrease their length of stay, minimise treatment costs, and improve health outcomes.

Study of new catheter design

#ThinkyThursday is back, this time with a talented #RBWH team who are working on a new catheter design. Millions of catheters are used in Australia each year, but the current device has a failure rate of 40 to 50 per cent.

How can we do better?

This is the question Metro North Mental Health Director of Psychology Anthony Bligh asked himself while undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Innovation. #ThinkyThursday research is undertaken to help Metro North offer the best possible healthcare to our patients.

Trial reduces medication errors

Happy Thinky Thursday! Caboolture Hospital Nurse Unit Manager Colleen Herrmann is inspiring nurses to include research in their day-to-day duties having taken on an Associate Investigator role in a research study in collaboration with the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Research improves care of ventilated patients

It’s #ThinkyThursday! Today we look at ICU Dietitian Alicia Wiese’s research into improving the nutrition of patients in Intensive Care Units. Working alongside an expert team, Alicia and other researchers have moved away from GRV monitoring and, under a new protocol, have improved health outcomes for patients.

Foot disease – the silent patient burden

It’s #ThinkyThursday! This week we look at a world-first study led by Dr Pete Lazzarini from #TPCH to investigate the prevalence and predictors of foot disease and complications in inpatients. His research will go on to help both patients and hospital services to better manage the problem.

Less invasive drug administration on the horizon

At Metro North we are always looking for ways to improve our patient’s care and experience. Today #ThinkyThursday shares Dr Jayesh Dhanani’s research into discovering a new and less invasive drug administration method. His experiences working with tuberculosis patients in India prompted Jayesh to explore the effectiveness of inhaling medication instead.

A focus on trauma with Professor Michael Reade

This week #ThinkyThursday looks at preserving and extending the shelf-life of blood products and resuscitation fluids from five days to two years! As a member of the Australian Defence Force, Professor Michael Reade hopes this research will benefit patients as well as those in the military.

Identifying adverse medication events in the ED

This #ThinkyThursday takes us to Caboolture Hospital’s Emergency Department. Dr Sean Clark is piloting a project to quickly identify patients at risk of non-specific medication related events who are presented to the ED. His focus on quality healthcare will benefit the many ED patients presented every year.

Robotic bronchoscopy clinical trial

This #ThinkyThursday we look at a trial of ground-breaking robotic technology which can help physicians explore virtual maps of patient’s lungs and airways to detect and sample lung nodules for cancer.

Turning tide on deadliest cancer

#ThinkyThursday this week takes us to the team at #TPCH. Here, under Professor Kwun Fong’s leadership, they are working on a trial to detect lung cancer in early stages and are already saving lives!

Telehealth brings clinical services closer to home

Happy #ThinkyThursday! Since receiving a 2019 Clinician Research Fellowship, speech pathologist Dr Clare Burns has worked on improving patient’s access to healthcare, especially whose struggling with swallowing and communication disorders.

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