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New chest pain assessment helps shorten hospital stays

NIHR-funded researchers testing a high-sensitivity blood test found that it successfully ruled out heart attacks in patients with chest pain, allowing many to be discharged from hospital without admission after just one blood test. The new approach is being rolled out across emergency departments nationally.

  • Published: 19 July 2023

Routine change of surgical gloves makes global surgery safer

Working alongside a global network of surgeons, NIHR- funded researchers have shown that the number of life-threatening surgical site infections can be reduced by a simple, low-cost change of gloves and instruments during surgery.

  • Published: 30 June 2023

Improving outcomes for very preterm babies and their parents

An NIHR-funded programme of research to improve the quality of care and health of very preterm babies has improved understanding of parents’ experiences and informed both clinical guidelines and the direction of future research.

  • Published: 24 May 2023

Preventing cerebral palsy in premature babies

An NIHR-funded evaluation confirmed that PreCept, a national programme to prevent cerebral palsy, improved the uptake of an important treatment for women in preterm labour and helped protect premature babies from developing cerebral palsy.

  • Published: 29 March 2023

Guiding the UK and international response during the Covid-19 pandemic

The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Modelling and Health Economics played a critical role in providing urgent public health advice to policy makers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their research contributed to saving tens of thousands of lives in the UK and internationally.

  • Published: 09 December 2022

Supporting mental health after flooding

Researchers from three NIHR Health Protection Research Units have found that flooding can have a significant negative impact on the mental health of people whose homes are flooded, as well as those whose lives are disrupted by flooding events. Their research has informed guidance for local authorities, policy makers and public health practitioners on planning for and dealing with the aftermath of a flood.

  • Published: 29 September 2022
Radiotherapy session

Shorter radiotherapy treatment benefits women with early-stage breast cancer

Breast cancer patients in the UK can now receive fewer radiotherapy sessions following surgery after the FAST-Forward trial confirmed that a one-week course was as safe and effective as the standard three-week course. The new treatment schedule is now being adopted internationally.

  • Published: 14 July 2022
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Improving outcomes after trauma and blood loss

NIHR researchers have developed new ways of diagnosing and treating severe bleeding after traumatic injury. Their revised protocol has been adopted by almost all major trauma centres in the UK and incorporated into clinical guidelines around the world, saving hundreds of lives and making significant cost savings for the NHS.

  • Published: 28 June 2022
Optimal care homes

Relational working key in delivering high-quality healthcare in care homes

The NIHR-funded Optimal study showed how care home and NHS services can work together to improve residents’ care. Its results have informed national policy and shaped changes to service delivery to improve the quality of life, health care and health planning for people living in care homes.

  • Published: 23 June 2022