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Critical Care

Critical Care is intensive-care medicine, a branch of medicine concerned with life support for critically ill patients

We support and do a wide range of critical care studies involving

  • Interventions  to improve outcomes from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Understanding the Long term implications of critical Illness and how to improve recovery
  • The mechanisms and management of brain injury
  • Developing  risk Models to guide intensive care treatments for common conditions or complications
  • Minimising risk and morbidity  associated with major surgery
  • Making better use of antibiotics by improving diagnostic tests for infection

We have agreed leads/ links in each of our Trusts

  • North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Bryan Yates Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Vanessa Linnett Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Chrisitan Frey South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Alistair Roy City Hospitals Sunderland  NHS Foundation Trust
  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Farooq Brohi North Tees &Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

We are undertaking four major research projects which are funded by National funding bodies,

you can read more about them by scrolling down this page to Clinical Trials in Critical Care below.

We also have studies which although now closed have had great impact on Critical Care services. A great example of this was the FREE Trial.

FREE (Family reported experience evaluation) was a multi-centre study that informed valid, representative and cost-effective use of family satisfaction as a quality indicator in Intensive Care units in the UK. There is already a well-established national audit programme which allows units to compare patient outcomes with other units but currently there is no system to record patient or family experience in critical care. By knowing what families think of the care their family member has received on ICU doctors and nurses are able to improve the quality of the care they deliver.

You can also read more about some of the research we have carried in a journal article soon to be published in Thorax; “Diagnostic accuracy of pulmonary host inflammatory mediators in the exclusion of ventilator-acquired pneumonia. VAPRapid investigators.” More details to follow in News and Events; we’ll keep you posted.

Meet the Team

Professor Stephen Bonner

The Specialty Clinical Lead and Consultant in Critical Care at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Simon Baudouin

The supporting Specialty Clinical Lead for the Network, and Consultant in Critical Care at Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

Julie Furneval

Research Nurse and Patient and Public Involvement link for Critical Care research based at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Trials in Critical Care

Select a trial from the list below to find out more about what it’s all about and how you can get involved in helping others.


VAPrapid is a study which examines the hypothesis that we can make better use of antibiotics by rapidly diagnosing a condition called ventilation induced pneumonia.

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