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Clinical Investigation on Safety, Feasibility and Usability of the ABLE Exoskeleton Device With Spinal Cord Injured Patients in a Hospital Setting

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04876794
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : May 6, 2021
Last Update Posted : July 20, 2021
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Institut Guttmann
Heidelberg University Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
ABLE Human Motion S.L.

Brief Summary:

The loss of the ability to walk and the associated restriction of mobility presents a major challenge to people with spinal cord injury in an everyday environment designed for pedestrians. Exoskeletal technology has the potential to help people with impaired leg function to regain ambulation and thus improve their independence. This technology is not completely new, but due to their high access price (~120k€/unit), high size and weight (~25 kg), and need for trained physiotherapist supervision, commercially available exoskeletons are only found in large hospitals and only in very few cases get into patients' homes.

The company ABLE Human Motion S.L. (Barcelona, Spain) has developed a novel exoskeleton to overcome these disadvantages, which is more compact, lighter (9 kg) and easier to use.

The primary objective of the study is to investigate the safety, feasibility and usability of the ABLE exoskeleton device in people with spinal cord injury during a four to six weeks gait training in clinical settings. Furthermore, potential effects of the training on walking, general health status, user satisfaction, and quality of life will be assessed.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Spinal Cord Injuries Device: ABLE Exoskeleton Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

The primary objective of this study is to determine the safety, feasibility, and usability of using the ABLE Exoskeleton for patients with SCI in a hospital setting during a 4-6 week training programme.

The secondary objectives are as follows:

  • Assess the impact of ABLE Exoskeleton training on gait and function.
  • Assess the effect on the perceived rate of exertion for patients using the ABLE Exoskeleton.
  • Assess the level of user satisfaction from participants and therapists of the ABLE Exoskeleton.
  • Assess the psychosocial impact of the ABLE Exoskeleton for participants

Patients who match inclusion and exclusion criteria and pass pre-study screening will be enrolled in the study. Following the screening, baseline assessments will be conducted without the device. Participants will undergo a training programme with the ABLE Exoskeleton three times a week for four weeks for a total of 12 sessions. Standardized clinical assessments with the device will be performed during the first and the last training sessions. During the training period, several safety and usability measurements will be taken. After the last training session, baseline assessments without the exoskeleton will be repeated during a post-study assessment. Four weeks after the final training session a follow-up assessment will be conducted with participants. At the end of the study, the participating therapists will be asked to fill out a satisfaction questionnaire.

This is the first study investigating the use of the ABLE Exoskeleton, therefore the primary hypothesis of this study is that the ABLE Exoskeleton is safe, feasible, and usable for the intended patient population with SCI in a hospital setting. The secondary hypothesis is that the device will have a positive impact on the perceived rate of exertion, mobility, and psychosocial health of the study participants with SCI.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Clinical Investigation on Safety, Feasibility and Usability of the ABLE Exoskeleton Device With Spinal Cord Injured Patients in a Hospital Setting
Actual Study Start Date : November 3, 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date : September 30, 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : October 31, 2021

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Arm 1
Participants with SCI will undergo a training programme with the ABLE Exoskeleton device three times a week for four to six weeks for a total of 12 sessions.
Device: ABLE Exoskeleton
Participants with SCI will undergo a training programme with the ABLE Exoskeleton device three times a week for four to six weeks for a total of 12 sessions.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Safety [ Time Frame: Up to 10 weeks ]
    To assess safety, the number of Severe Adverse Events (SAE), Adverse Events (AE) and drop-outs due to the device will be assessed and reported.

  2. Time and Level of Assistance (LoA) to don/doff the device [ Time Frame: Up to 8 weeks ]

    Level of Assistance (LoA) and time taken to don/doff the device will be measured in every session. LoA will be measured using a 6 item scale, from Total assistance to Independence. Different assistance levels are defined taking into account the degree of participation of both the patient and the therapist on performing the activity.

    This outcome measure will be used to assess the device's usability.


  3. Level of Assistance (LoA) to complete therapy activity tasks [ Time Frame: Up to 8 weeks ]

    Four therapy activity tasks will be attempted every session by the participant. The therapist will record the LoA required to complete each task during the session. The tasks are the following: sit-to-stand, walk 10 meters, turn 180 degrees, and stand-to-sit.

    Different assistance levels are defined taking into account the degree of participation of both the patient and the therapist in performing the activity.

    This outcome measure will be used to assess the device's usability.



Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. BORG Scale [ Time Frame: Up to 7 weeks ]
    Measurement of the percieved rate of exertion. The BORG scale measures the subjective level of intensity in physical work on a 15-grade scale.

  2. 6-Minute Walk Test (6 MWT) [ Time Frame: Up to 7 weeks ]
    6 Minute Walk Test (6 MWT) measures the distance a person can walk in 6 minutes. There are different possibilities for performing this test. For this study, we will use a track of 50 meters, where patients walk back and forth.

  3. 10-Meter Walking Test (10 MWT) [ Time Frame: Up to 7 weeks ]
    The 10MWT will be performed using the first 10 meters of the 6-minute walking test.

  4. Timed up and go test (TUG) [ Time Frame: Up to 7 weeks ]
    Timed Up and Go Test (TUG) measures the time it takes a person to get up from a chair, walk 3 meters, turn around and sit down again. It is a widely used test to assess balance and the risk of falls in different patient groups.

  5. Walking Index for Spinal Cord Injury (WISCI II) [ Time Frame: Up to 7 weeks ]
    WISCI II assesses the extent and nature of assistance for walking 10 meters in persons with SCI. Assistance is specified as different combinations of braces, walking aids and physical assistance. The WISCI II consists of 20 levels from unable to walk to the ability to walk 10 meters without any assistance.

  6. Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM III) [ Time Frame: Up to 10 weeks ]
    SCIM III scale focuses on the ability to perform activities of daily living in persons with SCI. The SCIM III consists of three subscales: Self-Care, Respiratory and Sphincter Management, Mobility (room and toilet) and Mobility (indoors and outdoors, on even surface). A total score of 0 (totally dependent) to 100 (totally independent) points can be achieved.

  7. Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST 2.0) [ Time Frame: Up to 10 weeks ]
    Used to measure user satisfaction from participants and therapists. QUEST 2.0 is designed to measure the level of satisfaction and the value people attribute to assistive technologies.

  8. Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale (PIADS) [ Time Frame: Up to 10 weeks ]
    The PIADS is a 26-item (7-point Likert-Scale), self-report questionnaire designed to assess the effects of an assistive device on functional independence, well-being, and quality of life.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 to 70 years of age
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic SCI
  • Currently receiving treatment as an inpatient or outpatient at one of the investigational sites
  • AIS A to AIS D with sufficient arm strength to support body weight on a walking frame
  • Ability to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • WISCI II without exoskeleton of >16
  • 5 or more risk factors for fragility as stated by Craven et al (29)
  • History of lower limb fragility fractures in the last 2 years
  • Deterioration > 3 points of the total International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI) motor score within the last 4 weeks
  • Spinal instability
  • Modified Ashworth scale (MAS) > 3 in lower limbs
  • Unable to tolerate 30 min standing without clinical symptoms of orthostatic hypotension
  • Unable to perform a sit-to-stand transfer or stand in the device with assistance
  • Psychological or cognitive issues that do not allow a participant to follow the study procedures
  • Any neurological condition other than SCI
  • Medically unstable
  • Severe comorbidities including any condition that a physician considers to not be appropriate to complete participation in the study
  • Ongoing skin issues
  • Height, width, weight or other anatomical constraints (such as leg length differences) incompatible with the device
  • Insufficient Range of Motion (ROM) for ABLE Exoskeleton device
  • Known pregnancy or breastfeeding

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04876794


Contacts
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Contact: Rüdiger Rupp, PD Dr. +49(0)6221/562-9230 ruediger.rupp@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Locations
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Germany
Spinal Cord Injury Center | Heidelberg University Hospital Recruiting
Heidelberg, Germany, 69118
Contact: Rüdiger Rupp, PD Dr.         
Principal Investigator: Rüdiger Rupp, PD Dr.         
Spain
Institut Guttmann Recruiting
Badalona, Barcelona, Spain, 08916
Contact: Joan Vidal, Dr.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
ABLE Human Motion S.L.
Institut Guttmann
Heidelberg University Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Center
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Rüdiger Rupp, PD Dr. University Hospital Heidelberg
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Responsible Party: ABLE Human Motion S.L.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04876794    
Other Study ID Numbers: ABLEexoSCIhospital
CIV-20-07-034264 ( Registry Identifier: EUDAMED )
First Posted: May 6, 2021    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 20, 2021
Last Verified: July 2021
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by ABLE Human Motion S.L.:
Spinal Cord Injury
Exoskeleton
Robotics
Gait
Rehabilitation
Lower-limb
Neurorehabilitation
Paraplegia
Walking
Assistive technology
Usability
Safety
Feasibility
Multicenter
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries