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Children's Emergency Medicine (ED) Research

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Who is it for?  Children aged greater than 6 months, weighing 6 - 24 kg presenting to the Paediatric Emergency Department (PED) or Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) or admitted to inpatient wards  with a clinical diagnosis of CAP (Community Acquired Pneumonia) in whom the decision has been made to treat with antibiotics.

Why? The CAP-IT study is not looking at a new antibiotic or other treatment for childhood chest infection. Instead, we are studying amoxicillin. Amoxicillin is a very safe medicine which has been used for several decades for treating chest infection, but surprisingly little is known about how best to use it. We would like to find out how much amoxicillin children with chest infections actually need to make them better, so that we can avoid them having to take unnecessary medicine in the future. 

To find out more: contact Dr Damian Roland or Research Nurse Rekha Patel 

or visit the CAP-IT study website


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FORCE (FOrearm Fracture Recovery in Children Evaluation) 

Who is it for? Children aged from 4 to 15 years with a minor injury to their wrist, called a torus (or buckle) fracture.

Why? The aim of FORCE is to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of soft bandage immobilisation and immediate discharge, compared to rigid splint immobilisation. This will help the doctors to know if it is best to allow the child use of the wrist to prevent stiffness and allow faster rehabilitation, or if the wrist should be held in the same position with a hard splint for 3 weeks.  

To find out more: contact your Paediatric Emergency Consultant Dr Damian Roland or Research Officer Jin Li 

or visit the FORCE website

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Before Arrival at Hospital (The BeArH Project)

Who is it for?

  1. Parents of children under 5 years old that have been admitted to Intensive Care or a High Dependency Unit for an infection.

  2. Health professionals caring for children in first contact settings such as Primary Care, Emergency Departments and Out-of-Hours Services.

Why? Infection is a major cause of illness and death in children under 5 years old. Many of these deaths are avoidable as some infections are treatable if treated in time. This study hopes to identify what affects the decisions that parents and professionals make when a child is sick, so that we can develop strategies to try and make sure that children get help as quickly as possible when they have serious infectious illnesses in the future.

To find out more: contact the Researcher Natasha Bayes or Research Officer Anisa Ahmed

or visit the BeArH website  

Petechiae In Children (PIC) Study

Who is it for? The study will include all children aged 0 to 18 years, who attend ED with fever of 38.0c (recorded or reported) and a non-blanching rash (at the time of presentation) or features suggestive of meningococcal sepsis/meningitis.

Why? Meningococcal disease (and other serious infections) are rare but potentially life threatening. In the early stages many serious bacterial infections are difficult to distinguish from common viral infections such as those, which cause head colds.

It is difficult to know how best to interpret the signs and tests used for diagnosing early severe infection.  The purpose of this study is to help doctors best understand how clinical features and test results can be used to predict severe infections.

The goal is to better identify sick children earlier whilst also reducing the number of children that receive unnecessary treatments and admission tohospital.

To find out more: please contact Dr Damian Roland, Dr Carl David van Heyningen or Research Nurse Rekha Patel

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There may be other emergency medicine studies, which we haven’t listed here.

Please ask your Doctor about research that may be suitable for you or your child.

It’s OK to Ask.