We are pleased to welcome our 29th collaborator, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust to the NIHR HIC, further information about the Trust is available at https://alderhey.nhs.uk/.
We are pleased to announce that the NIHR HIC Critical Care Theme has published a new paper titled ‘Descriptors of Sepsis Using the Sepsis-3 Criteria – A Cohort Study in Critical Care Units Within the U.K. National Institute for Health Research Critical Care Health Informatics Collaborative’ which is available at Critical Care Medicine.
We are pleased to announce that the NIHR HIC Viral Hepatitis Theme has published its fifth paper, titled ‘Hepatitis B virus (HBV) viral load, liver and renal function in adults treated with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) vs. untreated: a retrospective longitudinal UK cohort study’ which is available at BMC Infectious Diseases. NIHR Oxford BRC news story can be found here.
A new NIHR HIC Myeloma data collaboration has been established by Dr Sally Moore (OUH), Dr Rakesh Popat (UCLH) and Dr Matthew Jenner (UHS) in partnership with Myeloma UK. See news story on the Myeloma UK website, link available here.
We are pleased to announce that the NIHR HIC Viral Hepatitis Theme has published its fourth paper, titled ‘Longitudinal Analysis of the Utility of Liver Biochemistry as Prognostic Markers in Hospitalized Patients With Corona Virus Disease 2019’ which is available at Hepatology Communications, NIHR Oxford BRC news story can be found here.
Professor Ian Bruce, Director of the NIHR Manchester shares the latest on Manchester’s collaborations with the HIC in his monthly blog ‘Bridging the Gap”. Read more here…
We are pleased to welcome our 27th collaborator, Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to the NIHR HIC, further information about the Trust is available at https://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/
We are pleased to announce that the NIHR HIC Viral Hepatitis Theme has published its first collaborative paper, titled ‘National Institute for Health Research Health Informatics Collaborative: development of a pipeline to collate electronic clinical data for viral hepatitis research’ is available at BMJ Health & Care Informatics. NIHR Oxford BRC news story can be found here.
The NIHR HIC are supporting a new study to review the impact of a digital alert system to monitor patients with sepsis at NHS hospitals.
Press release available here…
Funding to assess the impact of digital sepsis monitoring system on saving lives and improving care
Researchers have been awarded over £800,000 from the NIHR to review the impact of a digital alert system to monitor patients with sepsis at NHS hospitals.
Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is life threatening and accounts for an estimated 48,000 deaths in the UK each year. If diagnosed early it can be treated effectively with antibiotics but the difficulty lies in spotting sepsis before it develops, as symptoms are similar to other illnesses such as flu.
The team will assess the effectiveness of a digital alert system across six UK NHS trusts. The system monitors a range of changes in patients such as temperature, heart rate and glucose levels and alerts doctors and nurses if they fall outside safe parameters so they can investigate further.
The study, funded by NIHR, builds on previous research which showed that the introduction of the digital sepsis alert system at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in 2016 was associated with lower odds of death, shorter hospital stays and increased odds of receiving timely antibiotics.
Dr Céire Costelloe, Director of the Global Digital Health unit and study lead said:
“Identifying sepsis at an early stage in order to prevent death is a major focus for health systems across the world. This funding will build on our previous research which showed that the introduction of a digital alert system helped save lives and improve care at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals. We look forward to working closely with NHS clinicians to ensure that the introduction of alerts in UK NHS hospitals has the maximum impact.”
Dr Ron Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of the UK Sepsis Trust, says “The key to improving outcomes for patients with sepsis is rooted in knowledge and communication. We are delighted to be supporting this important work, which has potential to revolutionise the way we detect and escalate care at the right time to the right clinical staff for patients with sepsis, as well as building a deeper understanding of systems design. At a time when the World Health Organisation remind us that sepsis is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide, this project has potential for global application saving many thousands of lives.”
The research is led by the Global Digital Health unit based in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. The team will collaborate with the Oxford University NHS trust, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust, University College London, Reading and Berkshire NHS Trust, and the University of Cardiff, and is supported by the UK Sepsis trust and the NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative.
We’re looking for a Project Support Manager for the NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative Coordinating Centre and Oxford. Please apply if you’re looking to provide excellent support to an exciting national programme: http://jobs.ouh.nhs.uk/job/v2389395