Outreach: A Programme for Timely Treatment of Critically Ill Patients in a University Hospital
Recruitment status was: Recruiting
The identification of patients with potential early organ failure is the key in preventing admission or readmission to a critical care facility. The primary goal of the Outreach Project is to ensure that all patients with threatening organ failure receive appropriate and timely treatment in a suitable area; avoid admission to the intensive care unit (ICU); and share ICU skills by a partnership in education. The objectives of the study are to determine whether the introduction of an intensive care unit based medical emergency team, responding to hospital-wide preset criteria of physiologic instability, will decrease the number of predefined serious adverse events (SAEs) and to investigate the effects on quality of life and costs in a general surgery population.
Study Hypothesis: The Outreach intervention will decrease the number of predefined serious adverse events; increase quality of life; and decrease costs.
Patient Centered Care
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Defined Population
Primary Purpose: Screening
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Outreach: A Programme for Early Recognition, Quick Response and Timely Treatment of Critically Ill Patients in a University Hospital|
|Study Start Date:||January 2006|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2008|
DESIGN: A multi centre longitudinal intervention trial with a before and after design in a university hospital.
The INTERVENTION consists of three parts:
- The introduction of a hospital-wide intensive care unit based medical emergency team to evaluate and treat patients deemed at risk for developing an adverse outcome.
- Education and training of ward staff in the recognition and basic management of patients developing a critical illness.
- The development of an intensive care (nurse and physician staffed) consultancy service for general wards.
STUDY POPULATION: The population for this study consists of patients undergoing major general surgery with an admission stay of more than 48 hours. It includes patients undergoing central or peripheral vascular surgery, major oncological surgery, lung surgery, major abdominal surgery and trauma surgery.
MEASUREMENTS AND OUTCOMES: In total, 1500 patients will be included. (750 Patients in the control period and 750 patients in the intervention period). Measurements include the incidence of Serious Adverse Events, HRQoL (Quality of life EQ-5D), costs of care and ICU logistics.
TIME-SCHEDULE: Data collection starts January 1, 2006 and stops no later than three months after the inclusion of 1500 patients or April 1, 2008. The final report of the study will be in December 2008.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00306345
|Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen Medical Center|
|Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands, 6500 HB|
|Principal Investigator:||Hans van der Hoeven, Professor||UMCN|