Sign up for the NERAA Study

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We have been hard at work behind the scenes to bring you our first trainee led research project, the National Emergency Resuscitation Airway Audit (NERAA).

Now we’re looking for Emergency Medicine Trainees to join us and run this study across as many sites as possible in Ireland!

Fill in your details here on the NERAA Sign Up and we will get back to you. 

What this study entails:
This study requires prospective data entry regarding the practice of RSI and intubation in critically unwell patient’s in the ED. Consecutive adult patients presenting to the ED requiring airway intubation over the study period of 2 months will be collected. Once you sign up, you will be given a study pack and guidance on how the study should be run in your department. Ethics and Auditing committee advice will be given once registered as a Principal Investigator (PI).

What do you get out of this: 
Everyone involved in data collection will get an ITERN Certificate to prove involvement. Data collector names will be published as ITERN collaborators (think CRASH3 collaborators). You also get experience of being a PI or data collector for a National Study. Participating in ITERN projects will provide opportunities for presentation of projects as part of being a local PI, involved in statistical analysis and manuscript preparation.

Study Background:
Over the last few decades Emergency Medicine in Ireland had been a rapidly evolving speciality.  Emergency airway management is an integral component of management of the critically unwell patient. Internationally, and within Ireland, there is significant variation in personnel and practices around rapid sequence induction (RSI) and intubation of patients in the Emergency Department (ED). Although emergency airway management is frequently performed in Irish EDs today, there is a paucity of literature on why and how patients are intubated, and by whom. 

Study Objectives: 
• Define current practices around the RSI and intubation of the critically unwell in the ED
• Compare practices against internationally accepted guidelines eg NAP 4 recommendations.
• Identify areas of improvement for education and training.
• Contribute to patient safety by development of national clinical practice guidelines allowing standardisation of the approach to emergency airway management