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Rachel O’Brien

Lead Research Nurse

Research Interests:
Emergency Medicine, Pre-hospital care
Qualifications:
Bachelor in Arts (Human Resource Management & Marketing), Bachelor of Nursing
Twitter:
@emerge_research
Rachel O’Brien

Rachel joined EMERGE in 2012 on a one day a week contract but after catching the research bug managed to convince the team to take her on full time at the beginning of 2015.

Her clinical background is in emergency nursing following a brief stint in orthopaedics. She has worked across a variety of studies building up her research experience and has also spent time working with the resuscitation Research Group.

Rachel enjoys the chaotic yet exciting world of emergency medicine and the challenges and opportunities that a research role brings and loves working with the EMERGE team.

She is now the Lead Research Nurse for the NIHR HTA Funded UK-wide RAPID-CTCA Trial.


Poster Presentations

Emergency Department Research Nursing: Time and Motion – A Pilot Study

  • NHS Lothian R&D Conference – March 2015 – Presented
  • RCN International Research Conference – April 2015 – Winner
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine Conference – September 2015 – Presented
  • Scottish Royal College of Emergency Medicine Conference – May 2015 – Presented
  • NHS Lothian R&D Conference – March 2017 – Presented

Trials

SNAP40

Detection of physiological deterioration by the SNAP40 wearable device compared to standard monitoring devices in the Emergency Department

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SNAP40

Evaluating the role of ambulatory, wireless vital sign monitoring in the detection of deterioration

HighSTEACS Bioresource

Evaluating the kinetics of cardiac biomarkers after ST-segment Elevation myocardial infarction

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HighSTEACS Bioresource

POEM

An investigation into the Prescription of Analgesia in Emergency Medicine (POEM).

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POEM

Prescription of Analgesia in Emergency Medicine (POEM)

IPED

Randomised controlled Trial using smart phone based event recorder technology versus standard care in palpatations or pre-syncope

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IPED

Randomised controlled Trial using smart phone based event recorder technology versus standard care in palpatations or pre-syncope

EMERGE Biobank

The Emergency Medicine Annotated Bioresource Consortium (EM-ABC): A pilot and feasability programme

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EMERGE Biobank

Developing a bioresource for all emergency presentations

Research on Research

Attitudes towards Research and Research Nurses among the clinical team in an Emergency Department (ED) and Acute Medical Unit (AMU)

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Research on Research

Attitudes towards Research and Research Nurses

Time and Motion

To explore the time taken for research nurses to recruit patients in an Emergency Department (ED) setting.

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Time and Motion

Time and Motion

TPTIH

The Pharmacogenetics of Thiazide Induced Hyponatraemia

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TPTIH

The Pharmacogenetics of Thiazide Induced Hyponatraemia

HighSTEACS

A randomised controlled trial assessing patient outcomes before and after the implementation of high sensitivity Troponin assay

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HighSTEACS

Assessing the implementation of high sensitivity Troponin assay

RAPID-CTCA

Evaluating the role of early CT Coronary Angiography on patients with suspected or confirmed Acute Coronary Syndrome.

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RAPID-CTCA

Evaluating the role of early CT Coronary Angiography

Relax 2

Evaluating the efficacy, safety and tolerability of Serelaxin when added to standard therapy in acute heart failure patients (CRLXA).

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Relax 2

Evaluating Serelaxin in acute heart failure patients

Related news

ED Perceptions of Research

ED Perceptions of Research

8 May 2017 | Rachel O'Brien

A questionnaire was distributed amongst ED staff at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh to determine what they thought of research activity in their area.

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Exciting new trial: SNAP40

Exciting new trial: SNAP40

10 Apr 2017 | Megan McGrath

EMERGE will soon begin recruitment to the new SNAP40 trial which will compare the new SNAP40 device with standard monitoring devices in the Emergency Department.

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IPED goes large!

IPED goes large!

17 Jan 2017 | Rachel O'Brien

IPED goes large

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Prescription Of analgesia in Emergency Medicine- Now Open for Recruitment

Prescription Of analgesia in Emergency Medicine- Now Open for Recruitment

9 May 2016 | Mia Paderanga

We are very excited to announce that POEM has begun recruitment in the ED. This is a study led by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust involving multiple hospitals across the UK. Professor Alasdair Gray is the Principal Investigator for the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh site.

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Research –A patient’s Perspective

Research –A patient’s Perspective

26 May 2015 | Polly Black

Meet Hilda. Hilda is 91 and has heart failure. In February 2015 participated in the RELAX 2 study and she kindly shared her experience with us.

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A Day in the Life of a Research Nurse

A Day in the Life of a Research Nurse

26 May 2015 | Jen Simpson

Our very own Jen Simpson, takes us through the roller coaster ride that is 24 hours in the shoes of a Research Nurse.

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#WhyWeDoResearch

#WhyWeDoResearch

15 Apr 2015 | Miranda Odam

We asked a number of colleagues and friends why we do what we do. Their answers are inspiring, challenging and sometimes very funny.

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