Cellulitis in the emergency department

Grant ID: EMJS-384R35-2021-NIGHTINGALE

Project Summary

Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying soft tissues and leads to redness, pain and sometimes fever. Once diagnosed, the emergency doctor needs to decide an appropriate type and dose of antibiotic and decide to give it orally (tables/capsules) or intravenously (via a drip).

Despite this being a common diagnosis in the ED, guidelines are not based on high-quality evidence making it difficult for doctors to make evidence-based choices and there is wide variation in how cellulitis is treated. This prospective cohort management study aims to describe the ED management and clinical outcomes of adult patients with cellulitis.



- Nightingale, R., Cellulitis in the Emergency Department. Oral Presentation. 2022 Emergency Care Research Symposium - Gold Cold Coast University Hospital, 11th August 2022.


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Principal Investigator:
Dr Rachael Nightingale

Co Investigators:
Dr Peter Snelling
A/Prof Andrew Bulmer
Ms Amy Sweeny
Prof Gerben Keijzers

Associate Investigators:
Dr Richard Pellatt
Dr Eve Purdy
Dr Charlotte Alexander
Dr Nimai Etheridge
Dr Son Nghiem
Ms Jo-anne Timms


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