Clinical Assistant Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Paediatrics
Foothills Medical Centre, Room 780
1403-29th Street NW
Calgary AB T2N 2T9
Neonatal resuscitation and transition, telehealth applications in neonatology, and health informatics in neonatology and pediatrics
Primary Area of Research:
My research interests include using laryngeal mask airway in neonatal resuscitation. Airway management is usually the challenging part of neonatal resuscitation, especially in rural areas where skilled providers are not constantly available. Whenever airway and ventilation are not properly managed, the outcome of a compromised newborn might be grave. I have done two studies to compare LMA versus endotracheal intubation during positiive pressure ventilation and chest compressions in simulation model and in neonatal piglets model. I am looking forward to study that now in human newborns.
Other Area(s) of Research:
Another area of interest is optimizing the transition of high risk newborns in the delivery room. I am interested in implementing video recording to audit our resuscitation practice in this critical period. Video recording helps in identifying the gaps, and improving the care delivery process. In addition, I am interested in improving the documentation of delivery room management. I will be working on transforming the paper-based documentation process to be computer or tablet-based. With my background in health informatics, I am working on usability studies for this application.
In addition, I have a special interest and knowledge in using telehealth. I am currently working on a project to implement telehealth in management of sick newborns outside Calgary prior to transporting them to our NICUs. An evaluation study has been developed to assess the impact of telehealth on neonatal care.