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Why do people who’re admitted to Intensive Care Units for at least three days routinely suffer from low levels of iron in their blood? What routine treatments can be offered to reduce the problem? Researchers at Fiona Stanley Hospital Intensive Care Unit are looking for two Consumer Representatives to help with their project.

About the project/vacancy

The Intensive Care Unit looks after some of the sickest patients in the hospital. Although most patients survive, many, and particularly those requiring a longer period of Intensive Care Unit admission, leave with impaired function. This means that they’re unable to carry out normal daily activities to the same level as before they were admitted. Impaired function can be severe and long lasting. It can also lead to an increased risk of death and need for readmission to hospital.

One of the major causes of impaired function is anaemia (low red blood cell count) and iron deficiency (not enough iron to help make new red blood cells). Both are very common in patients requiring a prolonged Intensive Care Unit admission.

There are currently no established treatments for these conditions in Intensive Care Unit survivors.

Previous research by our group suggests intravenous iron is safe and increases red blood cell count. We now wish to test whether giving intravenous iron improves recovery in Intensive Care Unit survivors leading to shorter hospital stay, lower risk of death, and lower risk of needing to be readmitted to hospital.

About the position

The researchers at Fiona Stanley Hospital Intensive Care Unit are looking for two Consumer Representatives to join their research team.

What am I expected to do?

Researchers plan to involve consumers in all aspects of this study including:

  • Writing the grant application
  • Development of the study design
  • Review of the ethics application
  • Advice during the study itself.

What skills or experience do I need?

The researchers are looking for any adult who has an experience within an intensive care unit lasting longer than 3 days

How long am I expected to be involved?

3 years starting May 2019

Where will meetings be held?

At Fiona Stanley Hospital

What support is offered?

$30 per hour honorarium. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: 26 April 2019

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