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Using Telemedicine to Optimize Teamwork and Infection Control of Critical and Highly-infectious Patients in an Emergency Department

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT04591873
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : October 19, 2020
Last Update Posted : October 19, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Taiwan University Hospital

Brief Summary:

Since 2000, various emerging infectious diseases have repeatedly caused serious impact on the health of the global population and the healthcare systems. With the growing international transportation and improving accessibility of the healthcare systems, hospitals have been inevitably the first sentinels dealing with emerging infectious diseases. The biological disasters, such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in South Korean in 2015, and the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak this year, challenged our vulnerable healthcare systems and caused great loss of lives.

Regarding the ongoing global epidemics and possible community outbreaks of the COVID-19, the management of biological disasters for an overcrowded emergency department should be planned. In the early 2020, the emergency department used a double-triage and telemedicine method to treat non-critical patient with suspected COVID-19. This application reduced the exposure time of the first responders and reserve adequate interview quality. However, for the critical patients treated in the isolated resuscitation rooms, the unique environment limited the teamwork and communication for the resuscitation team. These factors might led to poorer quality of critical care.

The investigators designed a telemedicine-teamwork model, which connected the isolation room, prepare room and nursing station by an video-conferencing system in the emergency department. This model try to break the barriers of space between the rooms and facilitate the teamwork communications between each unit. Besides, by providing a more efficient workflow, this model could lower the total exposure time for all workers in the contaminated area. This study was conducted to evaluate the benefits of the telemedicine-teamwork model and provide a practical, safe and effective alternative to critical care of the patients with suspected highly infectious diseases.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Critical Illness Infections, Respiratory Emergency Service, Hospital Telemedicine Other: telemedicine Other: traditional communication tools

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Observational Model: Case-Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Application of Telemedicine to Optimize Teamwork and Infection Control of Critical Patients in Isolation Rooms in the Emergency Department During Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak
Estimated Study Start Date : October 10, 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 10, 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : October 30, 2021

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Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Critical patients in the emergency department Other: telemedicine
Using telemedicine system to communicate

Other: traditional communication tools
Use telephone or direct verbal communication

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. time to complete intubation [ Time Frame: immediately after intervention ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. teamwork score [ Time Frame: immediately after intervention ]
    Team Emergency Assessment Measure, minimal score is 0 and the maximal score is 4. Higher score means a better outcome.

  2. exposure time in isolation rooms [ Time Frame: immediately after intervention ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 99 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients triaged as highly-infectious patients, needed to be treated in isolation rooms in the emergency department.

For patients:

1.Patients triaged as highly-infectious patients, needed to be treated in isolation rooms in the emergency department.

For healthcare providers:

1. Those providers who participates in the critical care for the patients included in the study accordingly

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT04591873

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Contact: Chien-Hao Lin, MD +88623123456 ext 62831

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National Taiwan University Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Contact: Chien-Hao Lin, MD    +88623123456 ext 62831   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Chien-Hao Lin, MD National Taiwan University Hospital
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Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT04591873    
Other Study ID Numbers: 202007114RINA
First Posted: October 19, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 19, 2020
Last Verified: September 2020
Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
critical care
emergency medicine
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Communicable Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Critical Illness
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Respiratory Tract Diseases