Improving Blood Glucose Control With a Computerized Decision Support Tool: Phase 2

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Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : April 9, 2008
Last Update Posted : February 26, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Intermountain Health Care, Inc.

Brief Summary:

The Purpose of this study is to:

  1. Introduce the refined, validated, and safe computerized bedside decision support tool for blood glucose management in critically ill adult and pediatric ICU patients that was studied in Phase 1 into a second group of naïve ICUs, none of which participated in eProtocol-insulin development, refinement or validation
  2. Monitor how often low blood sugar levels occur during use of the bedside tool.
  3. Determine how the computerized tool effects the workload of the ICU nurses.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Critically Ill Hyperglycemia Procedure: glucose control with computer generated recommendations Phase 2

Detailed Description:

In the current second phase of this project (Phase-2), we will introduce the refined, validated, and safe eProtocol-insulin into a second group of naïve ICUs, none of which participated in eProtocol-insulin development, refinement or validation. Our primary goal in this second phase is to determine the feasibility of exporting this tool to naïve ICU environments. In this second phase we will also compare the effects of the eProtocol-insulin and ordinary care approaches to glucose control on the bedside nurse's experience.

This second phase will be a prospective cohort study. We will determine the feasibility of distributing eProtocol-insulin and will further validate eProtocol-insulin in >4 adult and >4 pediatric ICUs. If necessary we will modify eProtocol-insulin with an iterative refinement process, with Institutional Review Board (IRB) and independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) oversight. eProtocol-insulin will be considered refined if >90% of the instructions are accepted and if the percent of glucose values between 70 and 110 mg/dl (3.9-6.1 mMol/L) are equivalent to our Phase-1 refinement and validation experience of 46%%, and if the rate of glucose values < 40 mg/dl (2.2 mMol/l) is less than 0.5% of glucose measurements.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Clinical Process Improvement With A Bedside Computerized Insulin Therapy Protocol For Blood Glucose Control (eProtocol-insulin) in Adult And Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Patients-Second Phase (Phase-2): Distribution and Implementation of Validated eProtocol-insulin in Naïve ICUs
Study Start Date : September 2007
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2017
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2018

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MedlinePlus related topics: Blood Sugar
Drug Information available for: Dextrose

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: eProtocol Procedure: glucose control with computer generated recommendations
Insulin dosing will be recommended by the computer tools based on subject glucose values. Bedside clinicians will have the ablity to accept or reject the suggested dose.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The primary outcome variable for feasibility during Phase-2 will be the acceptability of the eProtocol-insulin instructions (compliance of bedside clinicians with instructions). Proportion of glucose values < 40 mg/dl. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Proportion of glucose determinations between 70 and 110 mg/dl (3.9-6.1 mMol/L) (efficacy) [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  2. Time to reach the 80-110 mg/dl target [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  3. Nursing perception of workload in comparison to ordinary care (efficacy and feasibility) [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  4. Proportion of glucose values 41-60 mg/dl [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Month and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Pediatric ICU: Proposed indications by pediatric clinicians at participating ICUs for glucose control in their ICUs would include patients who require mechanical ventilation for greater than 24 hours and/or require a vasoactive infusion (e.g. dopamine >3 mg/kg/min, dobutamine, epinephrine, or vasopressin).
  2. Adult ICUs: Proposed indications by clinicians in participating ICUs for glucose control in participating adult ICUs include critically ill patients with an anticipated ICU length of stay of 3 or more days.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnancy (negative pregnancy test required for females of child-bearing age)
  2. Age less than one month
  3. Inborn errors of metabolism that the clinician suspects will affect glucose homeostasis
  4. Acute or chronic liver disease with any documented episode of blood or plasma glucose <60 mg/dl within the 24 hours prior to study entry
  5. Diabetic Ketoacidosis (critically ill patients with insulin dependent diabetes not in ketoacidosis will be eligible if attending physicians intend to use intravenous insulin as part of ordinary care)
  6. Severe chronic liver disease (Child-Pugh score >10)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00654797

Contact: Alan Morris, MD 801-408-1610

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Principal Investigator: Victor Cardenas, MD         
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Sponsors and Collaborators
Intermountain Health Care, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Alan H Morris, MD Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, Utah

Responsible Party: Intermountain Health Care, Inc. Identifier: NCT00654797     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: N01-HC-45210-2
First Posted: April 9, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 26, 2015
Last Verified: February 2015

Keywords provided by Intermountain Health Care, Inc.:
critical care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Critical Illness
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Hypoglycemic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs