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

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified September 2005 by Bayside Health.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Victorian Trauma Foundation
Information provided by:
Bayside Health
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: January 20, 2006
Last verified: September 2005

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: Defined Population
Primary Purpose: Screening
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Optimisation of Patient Management Through Expediting the Spinal Clearance Process in the Major Trauma Patient

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Further study details as provided by Bayside Health:

Estimated Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: March 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2006

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

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

Contact: Helen M Ackland, MHSc 61 3 9207 1543 ext 1543 h.ackland@alfred.org.au

Australia, Victoria
Bayside Health Recruiting
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3149
Contact: Helen M Ackland, MHSc    61 3 92071543 ext 1543    h.ackland@alfred.org.au   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Bayside Health
Victorian Trauma Foundation
Principal Investigator: Helen M Ackland, MHSc Bayside Health
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00163826     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 163/03
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: January 20, 2006
Health Authority: Australia: National Health and Medical Research Council

Keywords provided by Bayside Health:
cervical spine injury
multiple trauma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Injuries
Multiple Trauma
Spinal Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Back Injuries
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System

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