HAcklandDr Helen Ackland was the recipient of the Alfred-Monash University Intensive Care Research Fellowship in 2012-13, and undertook a retrospective epidemiological cohort study of ICU-admitted ladder fall-related trauma. This study included collaboration between The Alfred ICU and the Victorian State Trauma Outcome Registry and Monitoring (VSTORM) group in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. The cohort study has now been completed.

The fellowship resulted in a paper prepared for publication entitled ‘Danger at every rung: Epidemiology and outcomes of ICU-admitted ladder-related trauma ‘ (Ackland HM, Pilcher DV, Roodenburg OS, McLellan S, Cameron PA and Cooper DJ).

Following acceptance of an abstract to Alfred Week in 2014 and subsequent poster display, Helen was interviewed by the Herald Sun medical reporter, resulting in the publication of a public awareness article on 20th December, 2014. Simultaneously, the Alfred Public Affairs Office published a news item on the Alfred public website on 22nd December, 2014 entitled ‘Ladder falls increasing: Take care

Media related to the study has also appeared on the US public website Ladder Safety Hub, and the website of the Brain Injury Centre, Australia.

Helen was also interviewed by presenter Libby Gore on 774 ABC Radio on 29th December 2014, in which she discussed the research and the need for increased safety awareness when using ladders during the holiday period. In addition, she has been invited to present on ladder safety at a site managers’ meeting of the GrainCorp organisation.

The retrospective study has resulted in the development of a new prospective cohort study protocol, to examine the epidemiology, patterns of ladder use and patient outcomes in all ladder fall cases at The Alfred, and funding is currently being sought for this project which is expected to commence in mid-2015.

Danger at every step  (Herald Sun Article Published Sat 20th Dec 2014)

Epidemiology of Ladder Falls Resulting in ICU Admission  

Click here to listen to Dr Ackland's interview on the ABC radio



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