Research at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Liverpool Hospital, is focused on multi-centre clinical trials coordinated via the Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS CTG) as well as single-centre studies designed and performed within the unit. The collaboration with the ANZICS CTG over the last decade has resulted in several landmark studies that have been pivotal in defining best clinical practice in fluid resuscitation, renal replacement therapy, glucose control and sepsis management.
The Unit has made significant contributions to international multi-centre studies of fluid resuscitation, blood transfusion as well as management of patients following trauma and cardiac arrest. Examples of single-centre studies within the Unit include prediction models for intra-abdominal hypertension, measurements of cerebral autoregulation and clinical audits. Finally the Unit has been instrumental in developing rapid response systems and continues to research best practice models, monitoring strategies and clinical outcomes in this area.
The group of ICU specialists has established research collaboration within Australia as well as the UK and Scandinavia and authored 39 papers in the last year.