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QEII Acute Research Unit

Looking to conduct acute care research?

Established in 2012 with funding from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the Acute Research Unit (ARU) enables investigators to conduct clinical trials and acute care research.

The ARU is a two-bed facility with an attached monitoring office. It's physically separate from the Emergency Department in the Halifax Infirmary building, but nearby. ARU brochure for more info [Pdf 88kb]

The Rationale

Advances in the diagnosis and treatment for patients with critical illnesses or injuries need to be rigorously evaluated in clinical trials at the point-of-care. The Emergency Department (ED) is a vital and common entry point to the hospital system for these patients. Investigators conducting acute care research are from many departments and divisions within Dalhousie and the hospital system, as well as from the provincial pre-hospital care system. In recent years, acute care research in the ED has faced growing constraints --high patient volumes, prolonged wait times, bed and staff shortages. Funding from the Nova Scotia Health Research foundation has enabled the ED to move forward with the creation of an innovation in clinical trial research for emergent and acute conditions. The Acute Research Unit.  

If you would like to use this space for a clinical trial, please email Dr. Kirk Magee at aru@nshealth.ca