Diagnosing Extremity Fractures and/or Dislocations Using Ultrasound Presenting to the Emergency Department
The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy of ultrasound in diagnosing the presence or absence of extremity fractures or dislocations.
Hypothesis: Can ultrasound be used as an accurate and effective method for determining the presence or absence of extremity fractures or dislocations? Is there a difference in amount of pain experienced prior to and after the ultrasound?
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
|Official Title:||Diagnosing Extremity Fractures and/or Dislocations Using Ultrasound in Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department|
- Faster diagnosis and sooner definitive treatment for extremity fractures or dislocations. [ Time Frame: 1 hour ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Unnecessary evacuation in the pre hospital combat setting. [ Time Frame: 2 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||August 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Those with extremity fractures.
use ultrasound to confirm diagnosis of extremity fractures
This prospective, multicenter cohort study. The sampling method will be a convenience sample of all adult patients presenting to the ED with symptoms concerning a fracture and/or dislocation of an extremity. Once a patient has been deemed an appropriate candidate for the study, written consent will be obtained from one of the Associate Investigators. Once consent has been obtained, a resident physician will perform the ultrasound examination on the affected extremity(s) and note their findings.
|United States, Texas|
|Brooke Army Medical Center|
|Fort Sam Houston, Texas, United States, 78234|
|Principal Investigator:||John G. McManus, MD||US Army Institute of Surgical Research|