"Acute care" refers to the active but short-term care that a patient receives after severe injury and/or surgery. Many elements of this stage of care have been shown to impact on long term recovery, which is why this area has become such a significant part of ISCRR's research slate.

Orthopaedic Trauma

Researchers are improving trauma practice in Victoria with the aid of the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry (VOTOR) - a monitoring register that has been gathering information on this topic since 2003.

A Clinical Research Database for SCI

One of the greatest challenges to Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) research is that the infrequency of this injury makes it difficult to coordinate information collection – which is why researchers are now developing a coordinated, statewide SCI registry.

Acute Spinal Cord Injury Care

Since Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) often has disastrous consequences, ISCRR researchers are in the process of evaluating the entire SCI treatment process - including trauma care, specialist in-hospital treatment and rehabilitatio.

Surgical Data Analysis

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) can have dire consequences, with the majority of its (mostly young) victims experiencing permanent major paralysis. It is crucial, therefore, that we gain a thorough understanding of the entire SCI treatment process.

Multimodal MRI Imaging for Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Researchers are trialling a new brain imaging technology that is set to identify subtle details previously missed by CT and MRI scans - and potentially improve both surgical and care outcomes for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients.

Treatment in Post-Traumatic Amnesia

We have a lot to learn about the period of Post-Traumatic Amnesia (PTA) experienced after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This research examines how patients recover from PTA and whether therapy can be practiced during it.

Trialling Induced Hypothermia Therapy

Induced hypothermia therapy is currently being trialled as a technique for reducing the permanent impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Alongside this, a different team of researchers are trialling the therapy for other potential side effects.

Decompressive Surgery After SCI

If performed soon enough after Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), spinal decompression can greatly improve patient outcomes - but there is often a significant delay between these two events. A team of researchers wanted to find out why this happened, and what could be done about it.