Senior Research Nurse
Allan has a background in general surgery. He has completed a Masters of Nursing in Clinical Research at the University of Edinburgh and joined EMERGE in 2015. His primary focus is the 4AT trial, which investigates triage tools for delirium.
Allan is passionate about bridging the gap between research and clinical practice and is hopeful that the 4AT trial will provide opportunities to develop these aspirations.
In a previous life, Allan trained as an actor and is always ready for his close-up…
This study will investigate how we can help treat patients suffering from shock by the targeted use of specific fluids and medications. Shock is an acute medical condition in which the organs and tissues of the body are not receiving an adequate flow of blood. It is associated with a fall in blood pressure, a build-up in waste products and can result in serious organ damage and even death. We hope to improve our ability to treat shock by evaluating fluid management from the blood samples of a group of healthy volunteers.
Calculating Osmotic Pressure in Healthy Patients
Evaluating the kinetics of cardiac biomarkers after ST-segment Elevation myocardial infarction
Patients commonly present to the Emergency Department with epistaxsis (nose bleed). Standard first aid measures such as applying pressure can often stem bleeding however in more severe cases of epistaxsis further treatment is required.
Novel Use of Tranexamic Acid to Reduce the Need for Nasal Packing
1. Ambulatory Device, Rocket Pleural vent insertion
2. Standard Treatment, Aspiration +/- chest drain
Primary Outcome Measures
To assess whether use of an ambulatory device (Rocket Pleural Vent) and treatment strategy reduces hospital stay. Total length of stay in hospital up to 30 days post randomisation. Up to 30 days post randomisation.
RAMPP trial - Randomised Controlled Trial: Pleural vent (rocket) V standard care in Primary Spontaneous Pnuemothorax
This is a study looking at incidence and risk factors for poor ankle functional recovery, and the development and progression of post-traumatic ankle osteoarthritis after significant ankle ligament injury.
SALI study - Significant Ankle Ligament Injury
This study contributes to the work of Dr Frank Prior who is developing a tool to be used in the treatment of shock.
It is known that shock creates a set of internal conditions that affect vasculature and that these conditions can vary over time and are dependent on the type of shock. This tool reveals the condition of the vasculature and therefore informs which fluid and drugs are best advised for that patient at that time.
Calculating Osmotic Pressure in Healthy Patients (COPs)
Determining the diagnostic accuracy of the 4AT for delirium versus the reference standard of a DSM-IV diagnosis
The 4AT as a triage test for delirium: a validation study in acutely hospitalised older patients
19 Jul 2017 | Allan MacRaild
EMERGE and RRG are undertaking a preliminary study into the principles of fluid exchange within the body.Read more
23 Jan 2017 | Allan MacRaild
Heartbeats provide the rhythm of life. Interruptions to this rhythm are more likely to lead to a loss of consciousness than just a loss of spark. Rob Hannigan (pictured with Senior Research Nurse Allan MacRaild) took part in the PATCH-ED trial in 2016 following a number of unexplained blackouts. The results of his PATCH highlighted some dangerous arrhythmias including 24 seconds when his heart stopped beating entirely. Six months after his participation in the PATCH-ED trial, Rob met up with Allan to share his experiences.Read more
5 Nov 2015 | Allan MacRaild
Emerge sent two research nurses to the British Geriatric Society (BGS) conference. Jill Steven and Allan MacRaild are recruiting to a study entitled The 4AT as a triage test for delirium: a validation study in acutely hospitalised older patients. This study is a first collaboration between Emerge and Medicine of the Elderly with this study being led by Professor Alasdair MacLullich.Read more