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Ian Stiell, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Carolyne Kennedy
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Tel: 613-798-5555 ex. 18683
Email: cakennedy@ohri.ca

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Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded 13 CIHR grants worth more than $7 million
July 21, 2023 - Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are playing a lead role in 13 new projects awarded more than $7 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
When is fainting a sign of a bigger problem? This tool can tell
May 14, 2020 - Most of the time fainting is harmless, but for some people it can be caused by serious conditions like irregular heartbeat. A made-in-Ottawa tool can accurately tell emergency physicians which patients will have symptoms of these serious ...
Updated Ottawa Rules app could help doctors predict strokes, catch deadly brain bleeds
May 14, 2020 - A free app for emergency department physicians based on Ottawa’s world-renowned clinical decision rules has added more rules to its roster.
Intravenous drugs can often rapidly restore normal heart rhythm without sedation, shocks
January 30, 2020 - A study published in The Lancet found that two ways of quickly restoring normal heart rhythm in patients with acute atrial fibrillation in the emergency department are equally safe and effective.
Clinicians at The Ottawa Hospital launch 14 innovative projects to improve health-care delivery, thanks to funding from TOHAMO and The Ottawa Hospital’s Research Institute
March 22, 2019 - The Ottawa Hospital Academic Medical Organization (TOHAMO) has awarded $1.169 million in Innovation Grants to 14 teams, with supporting funds provided by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
Decision tool identifies which patients with COPD are at risk of death, serious complications
December 3, 2018 - A made-in-Ottawa decision tool can help emergency physicians identify which patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at high risk of serious complications including death. The Ottawa COPD Risk Scale is better than current practice ...
Made-in-Ottawa rule helps patients with neck injuries in the emergency department
October 17, 2018 - A study led by Dr. Ian Stiell found that triage nurses in the emergency department can safely use a made-in-Ottawa rule to make wait times shorter and more comfortable for patients who have neck pain after a fall or car collision. Due to a very ...
Not sure if you can give good CPR? New data shows you probably can
August 7, 2018 - Bystanders who come to the aid of someone whose heart has stopped are performing high-quality CPR that consistently meets the latest guidelines, according to a study led by Drs. Shannon Fernando, Christian Vaillancourt and Ian Stiell. Fifteen ...
$5.5 million to help save lives when the heart stops and standardize care for rapid heartbeat
March 9, 2018 - Two national projects led by Ottawa emergency medicine researchers received a total of $5.5 million from the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet) and matching funders. Dr. Christian Vaillancourt’s team* aims to help 9-1-1 communication offi
Emergency medicine pioneer receives Health Research Foundation Medal of Honour
November 22, 2017 - When Dr. Ian Stiell first trained as an emergency physician, treatment decisions were based more on tradition than on evidence. Dr. Stiell wanted to change this, so he embarked on a research career that has transformed emergency medicine not only in
Need a CT scan for a head injury? Ottawa rule now included in app
November 22, 2017 - The Ottawa Rules app now includes the Canadian CT Head Rule developed by Dr. Ian Stiell and colleagues. This rule helps emergency department clinicians determine if a patient with a head injury requires a CT scan. Previous research showed that it h
When is a headache a sign of a deadly brain bleed? Ottawa rule could improve diagnosis and save lives
November 13, 2017 - More than 150,000 people visit Canadian emergency departments each year because of a headache. While it usually isn’t serious, in 1-3 percent of cases a bad headache can be a sign of dangerous bleeding in the brain, also called subarachnoid hemorrhag
Emergency medicine group wins national awards
July 6, 2017 - Members of the Department of Emergency Medicine recently received four prestigious awards from the Canadian Association of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy (pictured at right) won the Dr. Ian Stiell Researcher of the ...
Ottawa emergency physicians receive $2.65 M for heart arrhythmia research
April 20, 2017 - Ottawa researchers received a total of $2.65 M from The Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada and partners for two projects to decrease hospital admissions and improve the quality of life of millions of Canadians with heart rhythm disturbances. Dr.
Ottawa Heart Failure Risk Scale could save lives and reduce adverse events
March 16, 2017 - More than one million people come to Canadian and U.S. emergency departments each year with acute heart failure. Many of these people will experience a serious adverse event, such as death, within a few months. Dr. Ian Stiell and his colleagues d
Ottawa researchers take the lead in reducing unnecessary procedures in emergency department
October 12, 2016 - Unnecessary medical procedures waste billions of dollars each year in Canada and cause substantial discomfort and harm to patients. Two high-profile organizations recently recognized the leadership of Ottawa researchers in tackling this problem i
The Ottawa Hospital General Campus to be a test ground to compare two rehydration fluids
August 11, 2016 - Starting August 2016, a pilot study at the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital will help find out which of two liquids is the best to replace lost fluids in hospitalized patients. A healthy person’s bodyweight is about 60 percent water. How
When is fainting a sign of a bigger problem?
July 4, 2016 - Researchers develop new screening tool to help emergency physicians A simple nine-question tool could help emergency physicians uncover the dangerous hidden conditions that make some people faint, according to a study published today in the Ca
Bringing the beat back: $900k grant to help researchers compare fixes for rapid heartbeat
June 29, 2016 - It’s common for doctors in medical dramas to use a defibrillator to shock a patient back to life. However, the same machine can also help a heart that’s beating too fast. About 350,000 Canadians have atrial fibrillation (AF), a rapid, irregular h
Researchers and support staff recognized at The Ottawa Hospital’s Excellence Awards ceremony
June 8, 2016 - The Emergency Medicine Research Group took home the inaugural Research Excellence Team Award at The Ottawa Hospital’s Excellence Awards ceremony on May 31. This group of six scientists, six fellows and 40 research staff is currently supported b
Does this ankle need an X-ray? There’s an app for that
May 9, 2016 - An app based on internationally-known Ottawa Rules will save patients from unnecessary scans The Ottawa Rules, a set of rules used around the world to help health professionals decide when to order x-rays and CT scans, are now available as a
$3M research initiative aims to improve survival after cardiac arrest and trauma
January 20, 2016 - The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research are providing $3 million to create the new Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (CanROC), co-led by Dr. Ian Stiell. The initiative will focus on improving survival
Top medical journal recognizes practice-changing research at The Ottawa Hospital
January 13, 2016 - The New England Journal of Medicine, widely regarded as the top medical journal in the world, has recognized two research studies from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa on its list of the top 12 studies it published in 2015. One of
Ambitious research initiative aims to significantly increase Canadian survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest
December 22, 2015 - The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) today announced a $3 million, five-year funding commitment for the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (CanROC), a multi-province research initiative f
CPR by medics: Keep pumping or stop for rescue breathing?
November 26, 2015 - Traditionally, paramedics and firefighters have been taught to perform CPR in cycles of 30 seconds of chest compressions, followed by an interruption for two rescue breaths. However, in recent years, animal studies and observational human studies hav
Dr. Ian Stiell leads the country in emergency medicine research, with $2.1M CIHR grant
November 12, 2015 - When Dr. Ian Stiell was trained in emergency medicine, he says he was “mostly taught to do what the doctors before us did,” and “there was limited research available on which practices were actually most effective”. Dr. Stiell wanted to change th
The Ottawa Hospital awarded $28M from Canadian Institutes of Health Research for 22 research projects
July 28, 2015 - Twenty-two teams at The Ottawa Hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, have been awarded more than $28 million in research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health for
$1.5M grant could improve care for trauma patients and save $10M per year
June 30, 2015 - Drs. Christian Vaillancourt and Ian Stiell have been awarded $1.5M from the Ontario SPOR (Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research) Support Unit to evaluate a strategy to reduce unnecessary immobilization of trauma patients by paramedics. Currently, pa
Promising intermediate results in CIHR’s Foundation grant competition
June 10, 2015 - Eight scientists from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute have moved on to the third and final phase of the Foundation grant competition from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), representing a success rate of 26% (over the first two
Improving diagnosis of dangerous brain bleeds with two simple measurements
March 4, 2015 - Drs. Jeff Perry and Ian Stiell recently published a paper in The BMJ (The British Medical Journal), outlining two measurements from spinal fluid that can help with the difficult task of determining whether a severe non-traumatic headache is actually
Ottawa COPD Risk Scale could save Ontario $115M over 3 years
February 18, 2015 - An economic analysis recently published by the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) finds that the Ottawa COPD Risk Scale, developed by Dr. Ian Stiell and colleagues, could save Ontario’s health-care system as much as $115M over three year
New tool identifies high-risk lung patients: Ottawa COPD Risk Scale
February 18, 2014 - A new clinical decision tool developed in Ottawa will help emergency physicians everywhere identify patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are at risk of serious complications or death. The Ottawa COPD Risk Scale was published