The response to our inaugural Royal Giving Day in 2019 was simply overwhelming. Thanks to the generosity of corporate and community donors, RBWH Foundation was able to raise just over $500,000. All of those funds, 100%, have been allocated to RBWH clinical priorities - research, staff education and training; and patient care.
ICU: Antibiotic dosing in critically ill patients
- Evaluation of what is called ‘off-label’ dosing of antibiotics for critically-ill patients as standard doses, available from pharmacies, haven’t been tested in ICU situations
Burns: innovation in delirium management (Jayesh Dhanani)
- Whether we decrease delirium in intensive care patients with the use of clonidine using two alternate delivery methods
Neuorology: MEND and MND projects
- Investigating the immunometabolic nature of motor neurone disease (MND): a study linking metabolism, inflammation, and clinical outcomes in MND patients
- Study into team-based management of all aspects of spinal care, through exposure in the tertiary setting to simple and complex spinal deformity, trauma, and spinal oncology
Allied health: Non-surgical management of knee osteoarthritis
- Testing a screening instrument to select people with knee osteoarthritis most likely to benefit from non-surgical care.
Ideal catheter to vein ratio parameters for peripheral venous and midline devices
- The DIAMETER study: how to determine the right size catheter for a vein to prevent device failure.
Imaging and DNA markers for non-penetrating traumatic brain injury
- Can advanced medical imaging and a blood test for DNA markers predict outcome following brain injury.
Measure and map gene activity to determine kidney disease pathways and optimise kidney biopsy assessment
- Use of a ground-breaking gene technology, Spatial Transcriptomics, to examine kidney disease and facilitate kidney biopsies.
Staff education and training
Video conferencing rooms
- The purchase of equipment to upgrade five conference rooms across RBWH to support international conferencing for training, research capabilities/partnerships and functionality through virtual meetings.
NeoRESQ ‘NeoReturn’ vehicle
- NeoReturn is Queensland’s first neonatal service to safely transfer babies and families to a hospital closer to home after receiving neonatal intensive care at RBWH
Delta therapy dogs
- Therapy dogs are trained to provide affection, comfort and support to patients
Patient lounge upgrades
- To provide privacy for families to meet and a quiet space for sometimes difficult conversations to be held
• Patients in need
- Clothing for vulnerable patients admitted to RBWH as a result of trauma, sexual assault or homeless.