The second edition of the Emergency Department (ED SFGH) Research Competition took place on May 31st, 2019. The goal of this research competition was to gather data that would help improve care and service to patients by adding to the local body of knowledge which can affect, guide policies and decision making with evidence based medicine.  

The teams were praised for the quality of work they presented through their simple logical studies that can be absorbed into the regional communities and several research presentation received standing ovations from the judges. One of the judges, Dr. Vishwanath Andy Partapsingh, Principal Medical Officer Environmental Health (Ag.) MoH, said, “It was an amazing experience of seeing an entire department (ED SFGH) come together and an entire RHA come together in a way that really reflects health systems strengthening and a health systems perspective because the spectrum of topics and studies that were presented really cut across beyond clinical only and went out of that box into quality of care and care delivery issues and processes within care and data quality.”

At this year’s competition all five Emergency Departments; San Fernando General Hospital, Area Hospital Point Fortin, Couva District Health Facility, Princes Town District Health Facility and Siparia District Health Facility; and the Pharmacy Deparment participated. The final results were:

Research Competition:

1st Place – Topic: Is there any association between Sahara Dust and visits for respiratory illnesses at the SFGH ED? Team:  Dr. Amy Mohammed, Dr. Elvis Mohess, Dr. Sherry Ann Persad, Dr. Stara Ramkissoon (Presenter), and Dr. Saleem Varachhia

2nd Place – Topic – Assessing the 1 hour break amongst doctors in the ED at SFGH and its perceived outcomes Team: Dr. Saleem Varachhia, Dr. Shazanna Ramsaroop (Presenter), Dr. Nadia Braithwaithe, Dr. Lyncey Sookram

2nd Place – Topic - Pre-Triage Times at San Fernando General Hospital Emergency Department (SFGH ED) for patients based on Cellma Data for 2018 Team: Russell Maharaj, Dr. Callista Jumrattie, Dr. Claire Ramcharan, Dr. Phaedra Rampersad, Dr. Anderson Singh and Dr. Saleem Varachhia

3rd Place – Topic: A Descriptive Analysis of Emergency Calls from the ED, SFGH to Pharmacists on call from January, 2017 to April, 2019 Team: Dr. Sara Sampath-Varachhia (Presenter), and Dr. Saleem Varachhia

People’s Choice Award – three-way tie for 1st Place

1st Place – Topic: Pre-Triage Times at San Fernando General Hospital Emergency Department (SFGH ED) for patients based on Cellma Data for 2018 Team: Russell Maharaj, Dr. Callista Jumrattie, Dr. Claire Ramcharan, Dr. Phaedra Rampersad, Dr. Anderson Singh and Dr. Saleem Varachhia

1st Place – Topic: AHPF Asthma Re-Audit 2019 Team: Dr. Saleem Varachhia, Dr. Callista Jumrattie (Presenter), Dr. Ranjiv Harry

1st Place – Topic: A comparison of the Discrepancies between Antemortem Clinical Diagnosis and Postmortem Findings in the ED at SFGH Team: Dr. Reanna Rambeharry (Presenter), Dr. Saleem Varachhia, Dr. Sarah Ramsaran, Dr. Carlyn Rajnarinesingh, Dr. Windale Balgobin, Dr. Hebah Jacob

Department with Most Entries: Emergency Department, SFGH – 14 Research Studies