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Wed, 06 May 2020

The Health Research Institute - Clinical Research Support Unit (HRI-CRSU) is currently working on a number of Covid-19 studies one of which is the Short PeRiod IncideNce sTudy of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection.

SPRINT-SARI is an international, multi-centre, prospective, short period incidence observational study of patients in participating hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs) with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI).

The primary aim of this study is to establish a research response capability for a future epidemic / pandemic through a global SARI observational study. The secondary aim of this study is to investigate the descriptive epidemiology and microbiology profiles of patients with SARI. The tertiary aim of this study is to assess the Ethics, Administrative, Regulatory and Logistic (EARL) barriers to conducting pandemic research on a global level. 

This study was operational before Covid-19 and has now been extended to include this cohort of patients. The HRI-CRSU commenced recruitment in April.

Pictured- Our Clinical Research Nurse Manager, Siobhan Egan who is supporting Dr Catherine Motherway in University Hospital Limerick. Dr Motherway is the local lead for this international study.