Toilet training toddlers can be a highly frustrating process for parents and carers. Factoring in a strange environment and a need for the process to be rushed, it can be almost impossible to get your toddler to ‘go potty’.
Currently, there are no ‘best practice’ guidelines in place for urine collection in children's emergency departments. This means it’s not only hard to collect samples, but a large amount of samples collected may be contaminated due to the lack of understanding around the procedure. Jeanette Probyn is undertaking a practical research project, aiming to make collecting those urine samples from infants and young children easier.
She is researching techniques to make the urine collection process for infants and toddlers cleaner and more efficient. With a best practice in place, there will be less contaminated urine samples, less screaming toddlers in the waiting room, and happier families from the faster results healthcare professionals will be able to provide.
When a patient's heart and lungs begin to fail, they are often put on a treatment called extra corporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO for short. These life-support systems are often the last chance to help critically ill patients recover by helping to pump blood and oxygen around the body. From infants to children and adults, these amazing machines have saved tens of thousands of lives worldwide.
Research has shown that the inability to talk can lead to depression, social withdrawal, lack of motivation to participate in self-care, and more. This is a common issue that occurs in intensive care units (or ICUs) all over the world - patients that require a tracheostomy (a procedure that involves inserting a tube through the windpipe to create an alternative airway for breathing) lose the ability to speak, as oxygen isn't make its way past their vocal chords.