Animated Picture to Improve Provider Adherence to CT Scan for Head Injury Rule

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 20, 2012
Last Update Posted : July 31, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Brief Summary:

It is difficult for Pediatric Emergency Department providers to recognize clinically significant head injuries that are likely to require neurosurgical intervention or close monitoring from those that can be safely discharged.

Research Question How do a combination of education and an animated picture depicting the PECARN CT Head Injury rules impact compliance to these rules and reduce unnecessary head CT scans?

Design This is a within subject, repeated measures study design.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Minor Head Injury Behavioral: Pop-up picture Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 746 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Study Start Date : February 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2013

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Pop-up picture Behavioral: Pop-up picture
An animated picture depicting the key elements of the PECARN CT scan head injury rules will be explained. The picture will "pop-up" when a provider selects the order set for a CT scan due to head injury. Providers will need to select a box stating the patient either "meets criteria" or "does not meet criteria" in order to close the animated picture window.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Compliance to the PECARN CT Scan Head Injury rules [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Decreased rate of CT scans [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients presenting to Children's ED will be included if they:
  • Are between 0 and 18 years of age (inclusive)
  • Receive a discharge diagnosis of head injury
  • Present to the ED within 24 hours of the head injury
  • GCS of 14 or greater

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients will be excluded if they :
  • Had a CT scans done in an outside transferring institution
  • Have obvious penetrating head injuries
  • Had a trivial injury mechanisms such as ground-level falls or walking or running into stationary objects
  • Have no signs or symptoms of head trauma other than scalp abrasions and lacerations.
  • Have known brain tumors, pre-existing neurological disorders complicating assessment, ventricular shunts, bleeding disorders

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01514071

United States, Minnesota
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55404
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Twin Cities, Minnesota, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota