Celebrating research success

Physiotherapists at Northeast Health are celebrating the completion of two clinical research projects – ICEAGE and CHESTY.

Chief Physiotherapist, Dr Brooke Winzer remarked on the experience gained by her team from being involved with the projects and collaborating with other physiotherapists from across the globe “Conducting two research projects was an amazing experience for the physiotherapy team – everyone involved developed fresh eyes and new skills to bring to their role. Being involved in research puts us on the cutting edge of evidence-based practice and gives us confidence knowing we are providing the best possible care to our patients at NHW.” Dr Winzer added, “The findings from these studies will be used to guide how physiotherapists are involved in ensuring speedy recovery after surgery”.

Celebrating research success with data collected from over 100 surgical patients: Dr Brooke Winzer, Erin Anderberg, Meredith Gross, Brigid O’Rielly, Kristin Smale, Rebecca Nugent, Ashlee Martin, Frances Samon and Sarah Kreutzberger
Celebrating research success with data collected from over 100 surgical patients: Dr Brooke Winzer, Erin Anderberg, Meredith Gross, Brigid O’Rielly, Kristin Smale, Rebecca Nugent, Ashlee Martin, Frances Samon and Sarah Kreutzberger

ICEAGE

(Incidence of Complications following Emergency Abdominal surgery: Get Exercising)

The research aims to improve patient outcomes following emergency abdominal surgery, such as reducing rates of chest infections and improving recovery time. Over 10 physiotherapists from Northeast Health worked in collaboration with Launceston General Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital collecting data for the project. The study methods were recently published in the World Journal of Emergency Surgery.

Read full article: https://wjes.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13017-018-0189-y

Results will be finalised and published in 2019.

CHESTY

(CHest infection prevalence Evaluation following Surgery sTudY)

The physiotherapy team at Northeast Health has joined over 40 hospitals across the globe including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, and Brazil, to measure how often patients are developing respiratory complications (such as chest infections) following major surgery.

CHESTY International Research Study is one of the largest ever collaborative research efforts in the field of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and includes data from over 5000 patients worldwide.

Chief Physiotherapist, Dr Brooke Winzer, coordinated the study at Northeast Health with data collected from over 100 surgical patients.

Results will be finalised and published in 2019.