National recognition for research team

Published 31 December 2020 

Our research team have had an incredibly busy year, assisting with research into the treatment and prevention of Covid-19 as well as continuing with other studies.

One of those was into state-of-the-art treatments for patients with wounds, and the Trust was the top recruiter to a study involving a dressing that uses a vacuum pump.

The PICO7 study paper is about to be published and the Trust will be named one of the authors – and is also recruiting to the next phase, PICO-14.

Jessica Evans, director of research and innovation, said: “The team have been fantastic this year and I’m delighted they are receiving national recognition for their work on the PICO study.

“We are one of a handful of sites in the UK who are able to recruit to PICO 14. Taking part in research like this means we can offer the best possible treatments to our patients and help to improve care for the future.”

The PICO system is designed for low to moderately exuding wounds, and the vacuum pump allows fluid to leak into the dressing. The device displays a visual signal when the dressing is full.

Eleven sites took part in the PICO-7 study and the research delivery team and general surgical team at QEQM recruited the most patients.

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