The Acute and Critical Care Network is a large network that includes Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, General Medicine and several sub-specialities of Acute Medicine including Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Dermatology and more. The network spans Royal North Shore, Ryde and Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospitals.
Intensive Care Unit
At Royal North Shore Hospital, the primary goal of the Intensive Care Research Department is to design and conduct high-quality clinical research. We have an active academic research program that supports medical, nursing and allied health staff who seek to improve the outcomes of their patients through rigorous scientific research.
The Program is led by Associate Professor Anthony Delaney and Dr Naomi Hammond, and our Research Manager Ms Frances Bass.
The research involvement of the department includes a combination of investigator initiated, collaborative group, and industry-sponsored studies. We have strong collaborative ties to a number of leading Australian and international research institutions, with current projects involving The George Institute for Global Health (UNSW), ANZIC Research Centre (Monash University), Brain and Mind Centre (USyd), Macquarie University, and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
In addition to more than 30 ongoing trials and observational studies, the department supports a number of large prospective databases assessing long term outcomes (out to 24 months) for our patients including:
- Neuroscience Outcomes from Intensive CarE (NOICE) Registry, looking at long term functional outcomes of patients admitted to the neuroscience ICU
- Burns Outcomes from Intensive CarE (BOICE) Registry looking at long term functional outcomes of patients admitted to the ICU with severe burn injuries
- The SPOICE Registry, looking at patients who have incurred an acute spinal cord injury and their long-term outcomes
The RNSH ICU Research group has a strong history of supporting staff through higher degree research programs; several staff have been awarded research degrees by thesis as an extension of registrar research projects, and we are currently supporting seven local candidates through their PhD studies.