Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
The Burns, Trauma & Critical Care Research Centre, which is a collaboration of RBWH and The University of Queensland and funded by the RBWH Foundation, combines the medical expertise of the hospital’s burns, intensive care and trauma units and is the first of its kind in Australia.

Fire protection specialist Wormald is a major supporter of the RBWH Foundation and has donated $250,000 towards the Centre’s clinical research over the past five years. “At RBWH, patients with 75% burns to their body have an incredible 50% chance of survival; a result which is amongst the highest in the world”, said Mark Gowans,Managing Director of Wormald. “The great work of the Burns, Trauma & Critical Care Research Centre has helped achieve this and we are proud to be involved with thisinitiative.”

According to Professor Jeffrey Lipman, Director of ICU and Director of the Burns, Trauma & Critical Care Research Centre, the Centre’s collaborative approach is an important contributor to its success.

“Serious burns are devastating injuries and a person’s complete physiology can take a very long time to recover. Drawing resources and expertise from the three hospital units has resulted in an increased survival rate for patients with very severe burns. Over the last ten years, burn mortality rates at RBWH have been reduced by 33% - this is amongst the best results in the world.”

The clinical research conducted by the Burns, Trauma & Critical Care Research Centre is centred on a solid base of multidisciplinary expertise including burns surgeons, anesthetists, cardiologists, neurosurgeons, scientists, pathologists, nutritionists, physiotherapists and intensive care nurses. The Centre’s research is focused on improving resuscitation, improving skin coverage through enhanced methods and techniques and controlling infection by optimising antibiotic therapy.

The importance of antibiotic therapy was highlighted recently by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine when it recognised Professor Lipman for his research in defining antibiotic levels in intensive care unit patients.

”Infection in a burn victim remains a challenging concern for any burns team and the focus on antibiotic therapy is an important one of the Burns, Trauma & Critical Care Research Centre”, said Michael Muller, Senior Burns Surgeon at RBWH. “Everyone at RBWH is dedicated to saving and restoring lives to the best of our ability and this vital research assists us in achieving this.”

Speaking of Wormald’s involvement with the RBWH Foundation Mark Gowans added, “As an industry leader, it is not only important to provide effective fire safety solutions which prevent fire and save lives, we must also provide support to those affected by fire. Our involvement with the Foundation helps doctors in accessing resources and research tools vital to assisting burns survivors and making sure they get the treatment they so desperately need.”

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Media enquiries:
Claire Smith, Write Away Communication + Events
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Karen Gallagher, RBWH Foundation
Ph: 07 3636 3394 Email: [email protected]

Claire Hartley, Wormald
Ph: 02 9947 7550 Email: [email protected]

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