Measuring Hand Edema in Burn Patients

This study has been completed.
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United States Army Institute of Surgical Research Identifier:
First received: August 25, 2005
Last updated: December 24, 2007
Last verified: December 2007

The purpose of this study is to determine the reliability and concurrent validity of the figure-of-eight method of measuring hand edema in the burn patient population. Establishing the reliability and validity would enable a more time efficient assessment than the currently accepted methods.

Condition Intervention
Procedure: figure-of-eight hand measurements
Procedure: water volumetry hand measurements

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: The Reliability and Concurrent Validity of the Figure-of-Eight Method of Measuring Hand Edema in Patients With Burn Injuries

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The figure-of-eight method for measuring hand edema in burn patients is just as reliable and valid as water volumetry measurement. [ Time Frame: 24 hours ]

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: January 2005
Study Completion Date: November 2006
Detailed Description:

A prospective study involving 33 burn patients admitted to the US Army Burn Center. Two raters will perform three separate blinded measurements for hand edema using the figure-of-eight measurement technique. A third rater will then perform two blinded measurements using water volumetry. All measurements will be read and recorded by an independent recorder. The three measurements of rater 1 and 2 will be analyzed to determine intratester reliability. The average of the three figure-of-eight measurements will be compared to measure intertester reliability. The two volumetry measurements will be compared to determine intratester reliability. The average of the 2 volumetry measurements and the average fo the three figure-of-eight measurements will be used to determine concurrent validity.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 89 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female 18-89 years old
  • Admitted to the United States (U.S.) Army Burn Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or ward with burn injury and the presence of bilateral or unilateral hand edema

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subject unable to be placed in test position for volumetry testing or the presence of a medical condition, as defined by a physician, that precludes the safe use of volumetry.
  • Subject is unable to tolerate his/her hand(s) being immersed in room temperature water for volumetry testing.
  • Subject does not have any of the bony landmarks (due to amputation, previous surgery) required to perform the figure-of-eight measurement
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00137228

United States, Texas
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
Fort Sam Houston, Texas, United States, 78234
Sponsors and Collaborators
United States Army Institute of Surgical Research
Principal Investigator: Scott Dewey, PT, CHT, OCS US Army Institute of Surgical Research
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00137228     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H-04-030
Study First Received: August 25, 2005
Last Updated: December 24, 2007
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by United States Army Institute of Surgical Research:
Hand Edema
Figure of eight method
Measuring edema in burn patients

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