Education and training is a huge part of what we do as a Hospice. A process of continual learning, ensures our teams continue to be at the cutting edge of research and treatments across all areas of palliative and end of life care, for the benefit of patients.

We have our own department of Education, Research and Practice Development who underpin one of the pillars of palliative care; to provide education for others. Strathcarron Hospice is passionate about supporting this vision.

Our own specialists also regularly publish their academic work. Strathcarron’s Consultant Dr Anna Sutherland and In Patient Unit Ward Manager, Susan Bateman alongside Dr Amy Baggot (Consultant in Infectious Diseases) and Dr Mhairi Kilpatrick (ST6 Acute Medicine) have recently had one of their research papers published in the prestigious BMJ (British Medical Journal) Supportive and Palliative Care journal.

Dr Anna Sutherland explains, “This paper reports on a case of a patient who had been bleeding from the biggest blood vessel in the body, just as it leaves the heart, into the lungs and gullet (oesophagus). When we gave the tranexamic acid in a syringe driver the bleeding stopped the same day.

It was wonderful to see this working so well for this person. The family kindly agreed that we could tell this powerful story so that palliative care doctors and nurses in the UK and internationally could also learn from our experience. 

The next step is to continue to grow the number of articles about subcutaneous tranexamic acid so we can all learn together and ultimately, hopefully, get a clinical trial to study it”.

Link to the BMJ article

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