Infusion Safety in Newborn Babies

Research Opportunity
Number of Honour Places Available
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
A/Prof Christiane Theda 0450497347 Personal web page
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Omar Kamlin 0383453769 Personal web page

Project Details

How does one safely infuse fluids and multiple medications continuously into a patient who may weigh only 600 grams?  It can be a real challenge but the accurate administration of fluids and medications to a sick baby is crucial. Even once a central line has been placed, multiple solutions at different infusion rates often have to be combined to be administered through limited access points.

Join us in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Newborn Research Laboratory at the Royal Women's Hospital to help advance infusion safety in newborns. This research project will have two components:

  1. Perform an observational study in the NICU where we measure the delay times after infusions of medications to support blood pressure or normalise glucose levels are started in sick newborns.
  2. Use an infusion bench model in the laboratory to accurately assess how multiple infusions deliver their fluids and drugs to the patient in a simulation model.

The results of the observations and bench experiments will be summarised by the students. The abstracts and manuscripts generated will be submitted to national and international conferences and paediatric journals for distribution to the neonatal community.

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine

Research Opportunities

Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.


Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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