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Use of Ultrasound to Evaluate Clavicle Fractures in Pediatric Patients

This study has been completed.
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University of Louisville Identifier:
First received: March 28, 2008
Last updated: January 12, 2010
Last verified: March 2008
This studies investigates the hypothesis that bedside ultrasound is as accurate as plain x-rays for diagnosing clavicle fractures in children in a pediatric emergency department. Children with shoulder injuries are enrolled and receive both an ultrasound imaging (experimental) and x-rays (standard-of-care) to see if ultrasound has the same (or better)accuracy, with less cost, time, and radiation.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Utility of Bedside Ultrasound to Diagnose Clavicle Fractures in the Pediatric Emergency Department

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Further study details as provided by University of Louisville:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparison of a blinded reviewer's interpretation of bedside US images to an attending radiologist's interpretation of radiographs [ Time Frame: Single visit to emergency department ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Unblinded real-time bedside US by the ED physician vs. radiographs [ Time Frame: Single ED visit ]
  • Interoperator reliability between the blinded reviewer and bedside ED physician [ Time Frame: Single ED visit ]
  • FACES pain score for pain for US vs. radiographs for children ≥ 5 yrs [ Time Frame: Single ED visit ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: March 2008
Study Completion Date: September 2009
Primary Completion Date: September 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Children age 1-18 years presenting to a tertiary center pediatric emergency department complaining of recent traumatic shoulder injury.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 1-18 years
  • Pain from recent shoulder/clavicle injury
  • Intact neurovascular exam
  • Radiographs performed as part of normal ED evaluation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Hemodynamic instability
  • Multisystem trauma
  • Altered mental status
  • Open wounds to injured shoulder
  • Developmental delay
  • Prior radiographs at another clinic/hospital for this injury
  • Previous clavicle fracture on the affected side
  • Ultrasound gel allergy
  • Non-English-speaking parents/child (unable to give informed consent)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00652548

United States, Kentucky
Kosair Children's Hospital
Louisville, Kentucky, United States, 40202
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Louisville
Principal Investigator: Keith P Cross, MD University of Louisville
  More Information

Responsible Party: Keith Cross, Kosair Children's Hospital, Dept. of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine Identifier: NCT00652548     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 08-0007
IRB #08-0007
NHRO #1310
Study First Received: March 28, 2008
Last Updated: January 12, 2010

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fractures, Bone
Wounds and Injuries processed this record on March 24, 2017