Patient Oriented Discharge Summary (PODS) could promote selfcare in older patients16 September 2020Hospital discharge forms are written with care professionals in mind. While this is understandable, it can leave the patients themselves confused about the treatments they have received, and what the next steps are. The patients may be unaware of what conditions they have, the results of investigations and the medication required following hospital discharge. They also need to know what they can do to help themselves and where to go to receive ongoing help.
How your internal microbes can keep you healthy11 June 2020There is a vast community of bacteria, viruses and fungi living on your body right now; collectively they are known as the human microbiome; they have hugely greater complexity than the human genome itself. The microbiome, which mostly lives in the gut, plays an important role in immunity, defense against pathogens, increasing availably of nutrients to the host (that’s you and me), and even influencing health and behaviour. Although how the microbiome affects our health and behaviour (or vice versa) is not particularly well understood.
Screen time and anxiety in adolescence11 June 2020Modern teenagers spend vastly more time in front of screens than their forebears ever did - and there is also an increase in reports of anxiety disorders amongst the age same group. It seems, obvious, therefore, that the one must directly influence the other. But is that so?
Probing new treatments for post-operative kidney problems20 April 2020Kidney transplants - especially in children are always fraught with risk. In up to 10% of cases, transplants into young children fail because of graft thrombosis - an issue with the blood supply to the new kidney. At present, the only way doctors know that this is happening is because the patient’s condition starts to deteriorate - and at this point, successful intervention and treatment is unlikely. What is needed is a minimally invasive probe, which would be able to monitor the perfusion of the kidney in real time.
Emergency anaesthesia under the spotlight30 March 2020Emergency surgery is a procedure beset with risks; many of these concern the use of anaesthetics. Dr Lucy Elliott, a medic with the North Bristol NHS Trust, is using the Clinical Primer Scheme from the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute to find ways to minimise the dangers.
Bridging Fund helped to secure £1 million award12 March 2020A Research Fellow at the Centre for Academic Child Health at the University of Bristol’s Medical School used a Bridging Fund from Elizabeth Blackwell Institute to help secure a five-year MRC Career Development Award worth over £1 million.