Echocardiographic Examination Performed by Nurses in Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Delayed inclusion)
Information provided by:
Levanger Hospital Identifier:
First received: April 21, 2009
Last updated: April 5, 2011
Last verified: May 2009

The purpose of this study is:

  • To study the clinical usefulness of nurse-performed ultrasound and echocardiographic examinations in a cardiac intensive care unit.
  • To study reproducibility of nurse-performed ultrasound and echocardiographic examinations in a cardiac intensive care unit.
  • To study which ultrasound measure that best correlate with the amount of pleural effusion.

Condition Intervention
Heart Failure
Myocardial Infarction
Pleural Effusion
Procedure: Ultrasound performed

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Echocardiographic Examination Performed by Nurses in Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Is it Clinical Useful?

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Further study details as provided by Levanger Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change of diagnosis [ Time Frame: 6-12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change of treatment [ Time Frame: 6-12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Quantification of pleural effusion [ Time Frame: 6-12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Reproducibility of nurse-performed examinations [ Time Frame: 6-12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: April 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Ultrasound performed
Single arm study.
Procedure: Ultrasound performed
Nurse-driven ultrasound performed

Detailed Description:

For a period of 1 year patients in our cardiac intensive care unit will be recruited to nurse-drive ultrasound and echocardiographic examinations, after informed consent. Nurses underwent a training programme and their skills are approved by cardiologist. Our department does not always have a cardiologist on duty and indication for nurse-driven ultrasound examination is decided by the doctor responsible for the treatment, who not always are trained in echocardiography/ultrasound. We aim to study the described hypothesis.


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients hospitalized at Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Levanger Hospital


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient at Cardiac intensive care unit, Levanger Hospital
  • Doctor responsible for treatment finds echocardiographic/ultrasound examination indicated.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00886548

Department of Medicine, Hospital of Levanger
Levanger, Norway, 7600
Sponsors and Collaborators
Levanger Hospital
Study Chair: Håvard Dalen, MD Levanger Hospital, Nord-Trøndelag Health Trust
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dr Håvard Dalen, Levanger Hospital, Nord-Trøndelag Health Trust Identifier: NCT00886548     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SL-20091
Study First Received: April 21, 2009
Last Updated: April 5, 2011
Health Authority: Norway: Data Protection Authority
Norway: Directorate of Health

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Myocardial Infarction
Pleural Effusion
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Myocardial Ischemia
Vascular Diseases
Pleural Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on April 15, 2014