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  • The CHEO Discharge Instruction Plan won the National “Patient Care Enhancement Award” from the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.
  • The asthma group’s study of nurse-initiation of steroids was the plenary session at the 2011 International Academic Emergency Medicine Conference (one of five chosen from 1,100 submitted abstracts).

Inhaled magnesium in refractory pediatric acute asthma
Principal Investigator: S Schuh
Co-Investigators: R Zemek, S Freedman, D Beer, A Willan, C Guimont, A Plint, K Black, G Thompson, F Ducharme, D Johnson, A Coate
Agency: Thrasher Foundation
Funds Granted: $ 500,920 (US).

The impact of implementing a nursing-driven clinical pathway for inpatient management of children admitted to a tertiary care centre with a diagnosis of asthma: A randomized controlled trial
Principal Investigator: CM Pound
Co-Investigators: T Kovesi, V Gelt, R Zemek, R Correll, K Williams, K Rohde, A Sumner, D Coyle, B Mulholland
Agency: Academic Health Science Centres Alternate Funding Plan (AHSC AFP) Innovation Fund
Funds Granted: $56,983.17

Determinants of Oral Corticosteroid Responsiveness in Wheezing Asthmatic Youth (DOORWAY)
Principal Investigator: FM Ducharme
Co-Investigators: R Zemek, D Chalut, D Johnson, C Quach-Thanh, J Gravel, K Krajinovic, MC Guertin, S Laberge, C Guimont, C Lemiere
Agency: Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
Funds Granted: $1.9 million

Does the initiation of nurse administered oral corticosteroids at triage result in more efficient clinical improvement for children presenting with moderate to severe asthma exacerbations
Principal Investigator: R Zemek
Co-Investigators: M Osmond, A Plint, I McLusky, T Kovesi, R Correll, N Barrowman, A Sumner
Agency: Academic Health Science Centres Alternate Funding Plan (AHSC AFP) Innovation Fund
Funds Granted: $15,994
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