Emergency care theme

Emergency care research focuses on improving patient outcomes in emergency and urgent care. It includes out-of-hospital settings as well as primary, community and out-of-hours care. The research theme is highly applied and patient-focused, and encompasses critical illness and injury, the complex health needs of an ageing population and emergency care in children.

As populations continue to grow and evolve, the way users interact with services changes; emergency and urgent care systems and workforce require redesign and redevelopment in response to changing demands on services.

Research focus

We aim to improve patient outcomes through research, innovative practice and system and workforce redesign in emergency care. This includes:

  • Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and emergency airway management
  • Acute pain management
  • Workforce, service delivery and organization in urgent care systems
  • Assessment of new technologies and techniques in emergency care, including diagnostics
  • The early management of life-threatening illness in children (eg, asthma, seizures)
  • Paediatric head injury
  • Improving the management of a major trauma
  • Pre-hospital assessment and management of patients with dementia
  • End-of-life care in the pre-hospital and emergency care context
  • The impact of drugs and alcohol, and reducing their harms
  •  Reducing avoidable hospital admissions
  • Patient safety in emergency care.

Current funded projects

    Cluster randomised trial of the clinical and cost effectiveness of the i-gel supraglottic airway device versus tracheal intubation in the initial airway management of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
  • EcLiPSE
    The EcLiPSE study is trying to find out whether children and young people with long lasting seizures should be treated with a medicine called phenytoin or levetiracetam (brand name Keppra) in an emergency setting.
  • General Practitioners and Emergency Departments (GPED)
    What is the impact of GPs working in or alongside the Emergency Department on patient care, the primary care and acute hospital team and the wider urgent care system?
    Home or hospital for people with dementia and one or more other multi-morbidities. What is the potential to reduce avoidable emergency admissions?
  • Pre-hospital critical care for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: Do pre-hospital critical care teams make a difference to the outcomes of patients who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest?
  • READY Paramedics
    This study will explore the different ways that paramedics are already working in GP Services in England and what works best in different situations.

Theme lead

 Professor Jonathan Benger.

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