Sapphire News April/May 2019

Posted by es213 at Jun 10, 2019 05:10 PM |


Christine Amedor @ChristineAmedor and Freddie Mercer @mercerfrederick have joined Sapphire for 3 weeks under the ‘Accelerate Your Career: Life After Graduation’ scheme. Christine and Freddie will be working with Emma Richardson on the PASS project which aims to inform the development of interventions to strengthen antimicrobial stewardship

Find out more about the graduation scheme here:


Pam Carter is pleased to report that one of her Sage Research Methods case studies, ‘Picturing Policy Implementation: An Ethnography of a Local Network’ is reproduced in full as an appendix in Qualitative Longitudinal Methods: researching implementation and change by Mary Lynne Derrington.

Shona Agarwal has had a paper accepted for publication: Carey M.E, Agarwal S, Horne R, Davies M, Slevin M, Coates V. Exploring organizational support for the provision of structured self-management education for people with Type 2 diabetes: findings from a qualitative study. Diabetic Medicine

Damian Roland has been working a systematic review as part of a large NIHR grant he is co-chief investigator on has been published. This study highlights individual early warning scores in children are poorly validated an actually not that effective. Validity and effectiveness of paediatric early warning systems and track and trigger tools for identifying and reducing clinical deterioration in hospitalised children: a systematic review BMJ Open

As part of a research network study between emergency departments in the UK and Canada Damian and colleagues demonstrated significant variation in the proportion who would be likely/very likely to perform an a specific investigation (a lumbar puncture) (Canada 62.1% versus UK 8.8%) in a young infant with a likely respiratory infection. Canadian and UK/Ireland practice patterns in lumbar puncture performance in febrile neonates with bronchiolitis BMJ Emergency Medicine Journal

Carolyn Tarrant is a co-author on two papers reporting findings from a think tank on preventing AMR and HCAIs:

The following paper reports on a systematic review involving Carolyn & Liz Sutton, on the HiSLAC study:

Carolyn & Eva  Krockow co-authored this opinion piece in BMJ Quality & Safety:

Fitzpatrick F, Tarrant C, Hamilton V, Kiernan F, Jenkins DR, Krockow EM. Sepsis and Antimicrobial Stewardship – Two Sides of the Same Coin. BMJ Quality & Safety 2019


Damian presented the early phase of the work he is leading on to introduce a National Paediatric Early Warning Score System in England at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Annual Meeting in Birmingham (May 13-15th)

Carolyn presented at ECCMID 2019 (Amsterdam, April 2019) ‘Symptom burden and cost of HCAI and AMR: What are we measuring, and is it making patients safer?’

Carolyn was part of the team running the EUCIC Advanced Module on Implementation in Infection Prevention and Control, Geneva, Switzerland, 16 – 17 May 2019.

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