A number of research studies are being conducted in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) into various clinical conditions and treatments administered in intensive care. We also contribute data to many collaborative research projects in paediatric intensive care across Australia and New Zealand, as well as internationally.
Current research projects within Kids Critical Care include:
- Investigation of the safety and efficacy of intravenous fluid administration for resuscitation of sick children and improvement of fluid resuscitation practices in paediatric intensive care
- Assessment of a novel biomarker that may help in the early identification of Low Cardiac Output Syndrome in PICU children with who show poor progress following heart surgery
- An international study of blood transfusion following congenital heart surgery, in collaboration with researchers from Washington University and the University of Rochester Medical Centre
- The PHANTOM study: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) tissue oximetry for asessment of traumatic brain injury during retrieval and transport to hospital
- Investigations into medical training and issues around medication safety in areas of paediatric critical care