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NIHR have agreed in principal to fund RESULT Hip which is a £2.3 M grant to conduct a clinical trial of blood transfusion strategy in people with hip fracture.

Life in the COVID Bubble: Voices from the Frontline of Critical Care

Based on interviews with frontline NHS staff, this immersive audio journey celebrates the resilience and compassion of those working in critical care as they faced the intense pressures at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Critical Care online course: responding to the needs of clinical staff globally

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This video outlines the COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application course hosted on FutureLearn. With testimonials from a selection of its students.

Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group: Our Voices Amidst The Virus

Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group: Our Voices Amidst The Virus: diary room
Sarah Clark and Jo Singleton, critical care research nurses, have brilliantly captured the voices and experiences of their colleagues during the Covid-19 pandemic.

9 months of discovery: How we found out why people die from Covid-19

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Dr Kenneth Baillie, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh and Intensive Care Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Study shows that poverty is linked to higher risk of mortality from Covid-19 in Scotland.

Dr Nazir Lone
The study led by Dr Nazir Lone, found that of the 735 patients with Covid admitted to ICU, about a quarter were from the most deprived quintile compared with 13% from the least deprived quintile.

Principal’s Medal for Exceptional Contribution 2020

David Griffith, Olga Paterson, Graham Nimmo and Lindsay Rutherford, MSc in Critical Care Team
Graham Nimmo and David Griffith are joint winners of a Principal’s Medal for Exceptional Service this year.

A2B Clinical Study

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The A2B Clinical study that aims to better control sedation for critically ill patients has resumed following a temporary pause due to restricted research activity during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in early Spring.

ISARIC-4C Lessons from 82 000 in-hospital patients with COVID-19

Dr Annemarie Docherty and Professor Ewen Harrison
Annemarie Docherty and Ewen Harrison are featured in the Usher Institute Webinar series of talks.

Promotions for Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine staff.

Prof Mike Gillies and Dr David Griffith
Mike Gillies awarded title of Honorary Professor and David Griffith promoted to Reader.

Obesity, Chronic Kidney Disease and Liver Disease Associated with Increased Hospital Covid-19 Mortality

Dr Annemarie Docherty, Professor Ewen Harrison and Dr Kenneth baillie
Dr AnneMarie Docherty, Professor Ewen Harrison and Dr Kenneth Baillie have published data in the British Medical Journal that characterises the clinical features of 20133 patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in the United Kingdom, during the growth phase of the first wave of this outbreak and explores risk factors associated with mortality in hospital.

Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group Report on Covid-19

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The Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group (SICSAG) is the national adult critical care audit and quality assurance programme and is chaired by Dr Naz Lone (Consultant at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Critical Care at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh).

COVID-19 Critical Care Course

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Dr Graham Nimmo has led a team effort to make a COVID-19 Critical Care Course freely available to clinical staff on the front line.

New funding to help understand how Covid-19 affects the most vulnerable

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Dr Kenneth Baillie has secured funding from the Medical Research Council to work in partnership with Professor Peter Openshaw.

Support Prioritised for COVID-19 Research

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A letter from the Scottish Chief Medical Officer to the NHS boards has emphasised the critical importance of research in the response to COVID-19 and have asked that resources are made available to support prioritised COVID-19 research.

RECOVERY Trial Recruitment

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The RECOVERY trial will enable reliable assessment of the effects of multiple different treatments on major outcomes among people with COVID-19.


STOPCOVID is an extensive new cross-sector, cross-discipline, experimental medicine research programme aimed at developing and re-purposing treatments for COVID-19 patients.


Dr Annemarie Docherty and Prof Catherine Sudlow have been awarded a grant from the CSO to support the Scotland wide collection of key data about patients hospitalised with COVD19 as part of the ISARIC project.

Congratulations to Annemarie Docherty who has been awarded the prestigious Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship.

Dr Annemarie Docherty
This is a four year fully funded fellowship at consultant level which will enable her to address the problems of heterogeneity in critical care trial design.

Acute Care Edinburgh Aims to Deliver World Class Clinical Research

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Acute Care Edinburgh (ACE) is a new cross cutting initiative that will be hosted in the Usher Institute, within the Centre for Population Health Sciences.

SCARF Supporting Community Recovery and Reducing Readmission Risk Following Critical Illness

The project James and Eddie will launch, along with a wide range of partners, aims to collaborate with and build on the work of the award-winning NHS Lothian Patient Experience and Anticipatory Care Plan Team (PACT) which reduced unplanned hospital admissions by over 30% for the high risk cohort of patients.

New MSc in Critical Care launched.

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The University of Edinburgh and The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s New Online MSc in Critical Care.

ECCRG meet at Firbush for their annual research retreat.

ECCRG meet at Firbush
The Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group have recently spent a 3 day research retreat at Firbush, The University of Edinburgh’s residential outdoor activity centre.

ICUsteps patient and family support group celebrate first year

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We are hosting a public engagement event on Thursday August 2nd, at the Thistle Foundation in Edinburgh.

Vhairi Mcatear wins prize for best presentation at BJA Journals

Well done to Vhairi Mcatear, an intercalated BSc student from Edinburgh, winner of the undergraduate prize for best presentation at the BJA Journals Research Forum.

Dr Kenneth Baillie awarded Lowry Fink Fellowship from the International Sepsis Forum

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Dr Kenneth Baillie, a member of the critical care research team group, has received the Lowry Fink Fellowship from the International Sepsis Forum in recognition for his work in sepsis.

Working in partnership to support community recovery and reduce readmission risk after Intensive Care

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People requiring admission to an intensive care unit following a critical illness often leave hospital with multiple health and social care needs and many, around 25%, have an unplanned hospital readmission. Against this backdrop, members of the Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group, along with various NHS and Third Sector partners, have been awarded a quality improvement grant from the iHub Improvement Fund for a Lothian wide project to better support community recovery of ICU survivors and reduce their risk of early unplanned hospital readmission.

Edinburgh Acute Care Open Invitation to a launch meeting

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Edinburgh Acute Care is a new cross cutting initiative that will be hosted in the Usher Institute, within the Centre for Population Health Sciences.