Thursday, 27 August 2015

Dr Lahn Straney wins 2015 Early Career Researcher Publication Award

SPHPM’s Dr Lahn Straney has won the Early Career Researcher’s publication award in the Public Health Research category for his research on mortality in critically ill children, as published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal earlier this year.

His research fills an important gap in the medical literature examining population-based studies of severe infections in critically ill children.

Dr Straney is an Aus-ROC (Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium) Research Fellow and his expertise in evaluating patient outcomes in ICU using biostatistics is recognised nationally.

His study reveals that severe infections are responsible for a quarter of deaths of children in ICUs and continue to be a major public health problem even in high-income countries.

The data was taken from the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Intensive Care Registry, and is one of the first population-based studies of severe infections in critically ill children.

Dr Straney’s research comprised of a retrospective multicentre cohort study of children who required intensive care treatment in Australia and New Zealand over a 12-year period.

“We assessed the population-based incidence of invasive infections, sepsis, and septic shock in critically ill children in Australia and New Zealand, and evaluated trends in incidence and mortality,” Dr Straney said.

“Our findings confirm that, despite existing strategies to improve outcomes, major infections remain a main cause of mortality in paediatric ICUs, even in high-income countries”. 

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