A fantastic year
We are at present sixth in the world for recruiting patients into the CRASH Trial. This, however, is hardly surprising if you consider we have Professor David Yates (Lead Clinician for the CRASH Trial) and Sister Gabby Lomas (Lead Nurse) snapping at our heels at the slightest hint of a head injured patient with a reduced GCS.
to ring the recruitment centre is increased with the prospect of a
free mug. Our staff room at Hope Hospital is simply littered with
CRASH mugs, so we are pleased to hear that the design of the mug is
changing and also that other new incentives are being introduced to
entice us further to
Several months ago I was the nurse who had the honour of randomising the 100th patient and was rewarded with a box of continental chocolates, which I promptly shared with staff members to avoid 'a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips'.
In November I
attended the Annual Royal College of Nursing Emergency Nurses Conference
which was held in Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire. I attended the
CRASH breakfast meeting, which allowed me to meet up with other CRASH
collaborators to discuss CRASH issues.
to Véronique Laloë, Médecins Sans Frontières, Batticaloa Hospital, Sri Lanka, Bogdan Oprita and team in Spitalul Urgenta de Bucuresti, Romania, and Maria de los Angeles Muñoz Sanchéz and team in Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocio, Spain, for randomising 50 patients into the trial so far.
Caridad Soler Morejón in Centro de Investigaciones Médico-Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ) and Irene Pastrana Roman in Hospital Abel Santamaria Cuadrado, both in Cuba, have now obtained ethics approval and hope to start randomising patients very soon. Also José Luis Mejía González in Hospital General Regional Numero 1, Mexico is now ready to start enrolling patients.
Samy Massoud and team in St Helier Hospital, UK have randomised their first patient and Gustavo Piñero and team in Hospital Municipal "Dr Leonidas Lucero" have reached their 10th patient - Congratulations
CRASH Co-ordinating Centre, LSHTM, 49-51 Bedford Square, LONDON
Tel:+44(0)20 7299 4684 Fax:+44(0)20 7299 4663 email: CRASH@lshtm.ac.uk www.crash.lshtm.ac.uk