Spinal Clearance Study: Expediting the Spinal Clearance Process in the Major Trauma Patient

This study has been completed.
Victorian Trauma Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Bayside Health
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: January 6, 2016
Last verified: January 2016

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.

Condition Phase
Multiple Trauma
Traumatic Brain Injury
Spinal Injuries
Phase 4

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Official Title: Optimisation of Patient Management Through Expediting the Spinal Clearance Process in the Major Trauma Patient

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Bayside Health:

Enrollment: 299
Study Start Date: March 2004
Study Completion Date: August 2006
Primary Completion Date: August 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Trauma Patients
Major trauma patients


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Hospital trauma patients

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major trauma patients

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients not subjected to spinal position restrictions on admission
  • Patients deceased prior to spinal clearance
  • Patients transferred to another centre prior to spinal clearance
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00163826

Australia, Victoria
Bayside Health
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3149
Sponsors and Collaborators
Bayside Health
Victorian Trauma Foundation
Principal Investigator: Helen M Ackland, MHSc Bayside Health
  More Information

Responsible Party: Bayside Health
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00163826     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 163/03 
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: January 6, 2016
Health Authority: Australia: National Health and Medical Research Council

Keywords provided by Bayside Health:
cervical spine injury
multiple trauma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Trauma
Spinal Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Back Injuries

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on May 23, 2016