A/Prof Pauline Calleja - Nursing and Midwifery Research Fellowship recipient
While many of us shy away from needles, A/Prof Pauline Calleja is surrounded by them! When she’s not indulging in her passion of sewing, she’s getting to the pointy end of medical research and focusing her attention on improving the outcomes of intravenous (IV) catheters for sick Queensland kids. A/Prof Calleja has been awarded a $119,943 Nursing and Midwifery Research Fellowship from Queensland Health, in partnership with the Queensland Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, to fund her research.
When IVs stop working, the medication meant to be delivered into the bloodstream pools into the tissue. This is known as an extravasation injury - a serious and common cause of patient harm, especially common in paediatrics. An effective way to reduce these injuries is to ensure that the right IV is inserted at the beginning of treatment. A/Prof Calleja’s interdisciplinary team will optimise and implement the newly released Michigan Appropriateness Guide for Intravenous Catheters in paediatrics (miniMAGIC), across rural, remote and metropolitan sites to improve safe IV selection and thereby reduce extravasations.
“Obtaining successful IV access can be difficult in paediatrics” said A/Prof Calleja. “Reducing IV complications, such as extravasations, can really impact on a patient’s experience in hospital.”
“By focusing on making improvements to care in regional, rural and remote locations, we may be able to reduce the number of children and their families being transferred to specialist/metropolitan hospitals due to complications and ensure they can continue their treatment close to home”.
“A big challenge for researchers is access to funding, now that I have secured this Queensland Health grant, I’m excited to use this opportunity to support clinical staff to solve problems and help improve healthcare for regional, rural and remote Queenslanders”.
A/Prof Calleja’s team aims to complete this exciting new research within 2 years.