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Sonographic Assessment and Visualization of Ectopics in Emergency Medicine (SAVE'EM)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01322958
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 25, 2011
Last Update Posted : January 16, 2014
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
Observational study of the use of ultrasound by emergency physicians in the evaluation of patients at risk of ectopic pregnancy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Ectopic Pregnancy Device: Pelvic Ultrasound

Detailed Description:
Emergency Physicians who have undergone training according to the American College of Emergency Physicians Guidelines will be evaluated in the accuracy of performing pelvic ultrasounds among patients at risk for ectopic pregnancy.

Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 600 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Sonographic Assessment and Visualization of Ectopics in Emergency Medicine (SAVE'EM)
Study Start Date : February 2007
Primary Completion Date : June 2013
Study Completion Date : June 2013

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Groups and Cohorts

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
At Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy
Women who present to the emergency department at UCSF who are at risk of ectopic pregnancy.
Device: Pelvic Ultrasound
Pelvic ultrasound performed by the emergency physician
Other Name: Pelvic Sonogram

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical outcome of the pregnancy [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

    To measure the outcome of the study, we will base our results on Sensitivity and Specificity.

    Sensitivity which relates to the number of positive results defined as no intrauterine pregnancies, ectopic pregnancy compared to the Radiologic Gold standard ultrasound which provides us 100% sensitivity. The goal is to reach a sensitivity of (>95%) by our ED physicians.

    Specificity which will be defined as the number of negative studies identified as intrauterine pregnancies compared to the results of the Gold standard radiology ultrasound and by telephone follow up.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 55 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
women at risk of ectopic pregnancy in emergency department

Inclusion Criteria:

  • pregnant females in 1st trimester
  • present to emergency department
  • complaint of abdominal/pelvic pain or vaginal bleeding

Exclusion Criteria:

  • previous ultrasound diagnostic of location of pregnancy
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01322958

United States, California
University of California
San Francisco, California, United States, 94143
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Principal Investigator: John C. Stein, M.D. University of California, San Francisco
More Information

Responsible Party: University of California, San Francisco
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01322958     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SAVE'EM
First Posted: March 25, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 16, 2014
Last Verified: January 2014

Keywords provided by University of California, San Francisco:
bedside ultrasound

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiac Complexes, Premature
Pregnancy, Ectopic
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pregnancy Complications