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Evaluation of Clinical Tool to Improve Adherence to Ventilator Management at UM

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: NCT05661695
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : December 22, 2022
Last Update Posted : February 8, 2023
University of Miami
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Convergent Engineering, Inc.

Brief Summary:
Respiratory Therapists (RTs) have difficulty maintaining compliance with protocols and making efficient handoff communication. This project will evaluate the effectiveness of an electronic tool that will display a dashboard of key information on all the RTs patients and provide reminders that indicate whether evidence-based practice protocols are being followed. In addition, it will collect data from medical devices and the EMR and outline key information in the appropriate format to help standardize and improve handoff communication. The study will first collect blind baseline data for comparison with protocol adherence and silently evaluate shift change handoffs. In the second stage, the electronic tool will be installed and used to evaluate whether protocol compliance and shift change handoff is improved.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Respiratory Therapy Device: RT Assistant Not Applicable

Detailed Description:


Respiratory Therapists (RTs) face challenges to provide high quality patient care including maintaining compliance with evidence-based practice protocols using lung protective ventilation (LPV) (tidal volume [VT] 4 to 8 ml predicted body weight and plateau pressure [Pplt] < 30 cm H2O), efficient communication during patient handoffs at shift changes and maintaining situational awareness amidst a high patient-to-clinician ratio and elevated acuity of patient care. Lung-protective ventilation (LPV) guidelines, initially published by ARDS Net and supported by the American Thoracic Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. LPV guidelines recommend use of low tidal volume (VT) (6 to 8 ml predicted body weight [PBW]) and inspiratory plateau pressure (Pplt) (≤ 30 cm H2O), proven to lower mortality in patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). However, several studies revealed that many clinicians and institutions are not effectively implementing LPV guidelines many years after their publication in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2000. Clinicians who are unable and/or unwilling to apply low VT and Pplt as defined above jeopardize patient safety and risk increased mortality. One study found only 27% of patients received low VT and Pplt within 48 hours of the onset of ARDS. It was also found that ". . . adoption of evidence-based mechanical ventilation in real world practice has been disturbingly slow."

Another daily challenge faced by an RRT is the transfer of vital patient information during shift changes. A less than optimal "patient hand-off" or communication of relevant patient care information during shift changes appears to be a major factor in preventable medical errors directly affecting patient safety. The primary objective of a patient hand-off is to provide accurate information about the patient's care, treatment and services, current condition and any recent or anticipated changes. While appearing to be relatively easy task, a comprehensive, high-quality patient hand-off can be a complex communication procedure. One study found that patient hand-off communication failures were responsible for 30% of malpractice claims in U.S. hospitals, resulting in 1,744 deaths and $1.7 billion in malpractice costs over five years. While the use of computerized patient handoff methods are likely to promote improved information transfer during patient hand-offs, there is a dearth of such easy-to-use, portable communication tools available for RTs. Other contributing factors adversely affecting patient hand-off communication appear to be unrecognized patient needs due to lack of accurate and real time electronic monitoring, task interruption from nuisance alarms and inability to quickly determine the correct clinical decision.

RT Assistant, a bedside, portable and hand-held electronic tool, was designed to help the RT with these challenges.


Evaluate the clinical effectiveness of RT Assistant software for the following:

Maintaining patients according to established LPV guidelines for ventilator-dependent patients Maintaining established low oxygen therapy guidelines Improving patient shift report communication Collect baseline data from the selected ICU passively through the SickBay data aggregator, including percentage of time patients are within the LPV and oxygenation guidelines.

Collect baseline data on shift report quality by passively monitoring shift reports between RTs during the above baseline data collection Install the RT Assistant software, train participating RTs, and compare baseline data with the same data collected in the same ICU during the use of the RT Assistant software

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Single Group Assignment RTs will be observed during patient care without the use of the RT Assistant during the non-interventional phase and with the use of the RT Assistant during the interventional phase. RTs will be observed by highly trained RTs during both phases. RTs will answer a likert scale questionnaire about the use of the RT Assistant used to make clinical decisions.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Evaluation of Clinical Tool to Improve Adherence to Ventilator Management Protocols and Standardized Shift Reports at UM
Estimated Study Start Date : January 31, 2023
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 31, 2023
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 31, 2023

Arm Intervention/treatment
RT's in ICU
We will collect ventilator pressure, flow, volume, oxygen and breathing pattern data, etc, as well as arterial blood-gas exchange and hemodynamic data of adults attached to ventilators. the RRT's will treat patients as normal without the assistance of the RT Assistant for the pre-intervention phase and will be observed collecting the same data and performing patient care with the assistance of the RT Assistant during the intervention phase. The RRTs will then be given a likert scale questionnaire on the use of the RT Assistant.
Device: RT Assistant
RRT's will be given the RT Assistant to use during a regular ICU shift to make patient care decisions.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Respiratory Therapist Likert Scale Questionnaire [ Time Frame: through study completion, an average of 60 days ]
    Questionnaire, score 1-10 (1 being the worst, 10 being the best)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Practicing RTs are eligible to participate in this study

Exclusion Criteria:

non-RTs or those who refuse to participate

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT05661695

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Contact: Neil R Euliano, PhD 3523784899 ext 107
Contact: Danay Harvey 3523784899 ext 100

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United States, Florida
University of Miami Health
Miami, Florida, United States, 33136
Contact: Andrea Gabrielli, MD    305-689-1227   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Convergent Engineering, Inc.
University of Miami
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
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Responsible Party: Convergent Engineering, Inc. Identifier: NCT05661695    
Other Study ID Numbers: RTA 11-02
First Posted: December 22, 2022    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 8, 2023
Last Verified: February 2023
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: Any paper data, such as checklists, informed consents, and surveys will be maintained in locked cabinets in Department of Surgery offices. Electronic copies of such data will be stored in password protected, secure computer resources at UF and the sponsor, Convergent Engineering. Electronic data collected through the data aggregator will be stored on a secure, HIPAA certified, cloud-based server. Access to the server data is provided only via the web application protected by the UFHealth secure login system. Aggregated data will be extracted from the system by Convergent Engineering personnel and provided to a 3rd party statistician for analysis.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No