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Surveillance for respiratory viral infections is an important public health activity as they cause substantial morbidity and mortality, particularly during the winter months. Before 2020, monitoring of influenza activity in hospitals involved capturing detailed data on all patients admitted to the intensive care unit with confirmed influenza infection.

With the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, there are now multiple respiratory viral pathogens of interest. Very low levels of influenza activity were observed last winter, likely due to behavioural and environmental interventions, such as physical distancing, limited foreign travel, as well as higher rates of influenza vaccination. However, with the easing of COVID-19 mitigation measures, and increase in mixing and travel, a resurgence of influenza and other respiratory viruses this autumn/winter is anticipated.

A syndromic approach to severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) surveillance encompassing rapid testing of flu and SARS-CoV-2 is needed to understand the evolving epidemiology of two viruses and their contribution to adult hospital admissions this winter. Additionally, early diagnosis of influenza & SARS-CoV-2 is crucial to allow clinicians to institute appropriate and timely treatment, and to ensure infection control measures are instituted to limit nosocomial transmission.

Research16 May 2020

EmQuire COVID Projects

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented challenges to healthcare systems across the world. Enquire is contributing to NHS GGC response to this challenge across a range of projects. We have repurposed existing work streams including iCAIRD and TraumaApp with existing collaborators whilst building new relationships to develop solutions that can impact on care delivery. […]

Education26 Sep 2019

OCTS Trial Begins

OCTS (Outcomes following Chest Trauma Score) has begun in the QEUH ED!   This study aims to measure patient reported outcomes following rib fractures to optimise and improve care of this patient group. The patient will be asked to fill in a questionnaire at time of injury and two follow up questionnaires to assess how […]

Research2 Jun 2018

Introducing …. Nicola Baxter

Nicola was our first nurse appointed smashing the interview and rapidly getting a handle on the intricacies of clinical research in the ED. Her portfolio of studies includes She leads on Rapid-CTCA, Target-CTCA, SABER and Pro Teds

Research2 Jun 2018

Introducing .... Mark Wilson

Mark was appointed in June 2017 and has rapidly found his feet helping promote QEUH ED nurse engagement. His infectious enthusiasm and energy will be a huge asset to the team! He leads on Novel, Aerogen, RAMPP, Frontiers

Education2 Jan 2018

New Trauma Man

Introducing Dave the Trauma Man! The QEUH will become a Major Trauma Centre in 2019 as part of the Scottish Trauma Network. Dave is going to have a pretty tough year… in fact he is going to experience more car accidents, falls from height and industrial accidents than any other manikin in Scotland.