Cardiac Research Project
Research is a branch of healthcare science that determines the safety and effectiveness (efficacy) of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis or for relieving symptoms of a disease. Cardiology research staff implement and review policies, procedures and clinical practice standards related to the delivery of clinical trials and research within the Cardiology unit utilising a holistic approach.
Research staff liaise with all staff members to ensure that the quality of patient care delivered to research participants is not compromised by their involvement in accordance with the ICH GCP guidelines. The research team provide consultancy in relation to the planning, development, co-ordination and facilitation of the conduct of clinical trials in the Nepean Hospital Cardiology Unit.
The Cardiology Department is involved in many projects. One current project involves assessing patients after large heart attacks with echocardiography and electrophysiological study to determine whether a defibrillator is required to reduce the chance of subsequent sudden cardiac death, this project runs concurrently in multiple centres including Westmead Hospital.
We recently completed another study looking at the best strategy to reduce kidney damage during angiography in diabetic patients with mild renal impairment and non-diabetic patients with moderate renal impairment. We are awaiting publication of the result and expect it to change the way we manage those high risk patients.
The Cardiac Research Project can be contacted via email: NBMLHD-CardiacResearch@health.nsw.gov.au
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 3:19:36 PM