Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Paracetamol wins Wellington researchers $20,000 prize

Congratulations to Dr Paul Young for winning the Medicines New Zealand’s 2016 Value of Medicines Award for his work on the HEAT Trial.

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Media release as follows............
Monday, 10 October 2016, 9:48 am
Press Release: Medicines New Zealand
Paracetamol wins Wellington researchers $20,000 prize

Dr Paul Young will be presented with Medicines New Zealand’s 2016 Value of Medicines Award for leading a world-class study into the effects paracetamol has on patients in intensive care units (ICU) this evening.

“We are impressed with the range and high standard of entries for this year’s Award. The Value of Medicines Award supports innovative research that improves the understanding, effectiveness or safety of the use of medicines, and Dr Young’s research is a worthy winner” said Hon Heather Roy, Medicines New Zealand Chair.

Paracetamol, the world’s most commonly administered medicine, has never been tested on critically ill patients, until now.

Dr Young, a leading member of the New Zealand ICU research community, and his team at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, collaborated with over 200 ICU doctors and 3000 ICU nurses to answer a simple clinical question that is faced each day with the patient: should the fever be treated with paracetamol or not?

“Dr Young’s study will have a considerable impact on clinical practice in a contentious area of research” said Mrs Roy.

The Value of Medicines Award will help Dr Young collaborate with researchers from Scandinavia and Australia in the area of fever management in the ICU.

The results from this study have shown:

· Paracetamol was safe and well tolerated in ICU patients with fever or infection
· The medicine reduced body temperature by around a quarter of a degree
· Patients who survived spent less time in ICU if they were given paracetamol, but patients who died spent more time in ICU before death if given paracetamol.

Dr Paul Young will be presented the 2016 Value of Medicines Award by Simon O’Connor, Member of Parliament for Tamaki and Chair of Parliament’s Health Select Committee, this evening.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Spinnaker Tip #4 - Save time with "Quick Entry" on changes

Spinnaker tracks changes that people make to your database. At the most basic level we track who made the change, what day/time they made it, and the before and after snapshots of each data point changed.

We know this can be a pain and we are here to help not hinder. So look out for the "Quick Entry" option.  When you have multiple changes on a form AND they are all for the same reason, click the Quick Entry link to shrink that list down to just a single entry explaining the changes for all the data points.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Congratulations TARGET

Congratulations to all the team on TARGET which opened for enrolments last week and has already enrolled 23 patients across Australia and New Zealand. It’s a privilege working with so many dedicated people. The offline conditions and hold ups on this trial challenged us all but we got there in the end, on budget and all still talking to each other. Kudos to the project manager.   

TARGET stands for "The Augmented versus Routine approach to Giving Energy Trial". TARGET is a 4,000 patient, multicentre, double-blinded, randomised, controlled, parallel-group, phase III clinical trial designed primarily to determine if augmentation of calorie delivery improves 90 day survival in mechanically ventilated patients.  Don’t hold your breathe waiting for the results, they are 4 years away. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Tip #2: DIY locations

Some software makes it hard to add locations. With Spinnaker the Project Manager can easily add locations and control access to the software. Part of the "Manage" section in Spinnaker.