Spinal Clearance Study: Expediting the Spinal Clearance Process in the Major Trauma Patient
The Alfred Hospital receives approximately 40% of the major trauma patients in Victoria, all of whom are at risk for spinal injuries. The potential for spinal injuries necessitates the undertaking of appropriate spinal investigations, and a delay in the completion of these investigations exposes the patient to the risk of a missed diagnosis of spinal instability and of complications of immobility; the potential spinal patient is required to wear a neck collar and be nursed lying flat whilst awaiting the completion and the appropriate documentation of spinal X-ray investigations.
The purpose of this study is to identify the issues causing a delay in the process of the completion of the appropriate spinal investigations and the documentation of the results.
The outcome of the proposed research will be the development of a clinical management protocol to expedite the process, with the aim of optimising patient care and reducing complications.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort|
|Official Title:||Optimisation of Patient Management Through Expediting the Spinal Clearance Process in the Major Trauma Patient|
|Study Start Date:||March 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2006|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Major trauma patients
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00163826
|Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3149|
|Principal Investigator:||Helen M Ackland, MHSc||Bayside Health|