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Triage of Abdominal Pain in the Emergency Department

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified November 2016 by University Hospital, Geneva
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Olivier T. Rutschmann, University Hospital, Geneva Identifier:
First received: December 12, 2013
Last updated: November 24, 2016
Last verified: November 2016
The investigators aim to evaluate in a retrospective study the performance of the Swiss Emergency Triage Scale to identify at the door of the Emergency Department patients requiring emergent intervention.

Abdominal Pain

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Evaluation of Triage Criteria for Abdominal Pain in the Emergency Department

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital, Geneva:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Emergency intervention [ Time Frame: participants will be followed for the duration of hospital stay, an expected average of 2 weeks ]
    Emergency intervention is a composite outcome of: emergency surgical intervention or radiological intervention or emergent endoscopy

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to medical evaluation [ Time Frame: participants will be followed for the duration of emergency department stay, an expected average of 5 hours ]
    We will evaluate the delay between triage evaluation and medical evaluation. We will compute the percentage of patients evaluated within timeframe accordingly to the Swiss Triage Emergency Scale

Estimated Enrollment: 4000
Study Start Date: March 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Patients with abdominal pain
Adult patients admitted to the Emergency Department with a main complaint of abdominal pain

Detailed Description:

All patients are triaged at the door of our Emergency Department using the Swiss Emergency Triage Scale. Patients with abdominal pain may be triaged in two different emergency levels (level 2: medical evaluation within 20 minutes, level 3: medical evaluation within 2 hours). These levels are determined using a set of specific criteria.

The aim of this study is to evaluate the validity of these specific criteria in order to identify promptly patients with abdominal pain the will require an emergent intervention during their stay in the Emergency Department.


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adults (> 16 y) admitted with abdominal pain in the Emergency Departement of a primary and tertiary teaching urban hospital.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • >= 16 y
  • abdominal pain as the main complaint

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02064127

Contact: Olivier T Rutschmann, MD, MPH +41223728132 ext 28132

Geneva University Hospitals Recruiting
Geneva, Switzerland, 1211
Contact: Olivier T Rutschmann, MD, MPH    +41223728132 ext 28132   
Principal Investigator: Olivier T Rutschmann, MD, MPH         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Geneva
Principal Investigator: Olivier T Rutschmann, MD, MPH University Hospital, Geneva
  More Information

Responsible Party: Olivier T. Rutschmann, MD, MPH, University Hospital, Geneva Identifier: NCT02064127     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SU_2013_2
Study First Received: December 12, 2013
Last Updated: November 24, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Abdominal Pain
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive processed this record on April 28, 2017