Novel Home Care Device for High-Risk Diabetic Patients (TempTouchRM)
Recruitment status was Recruiting
More than half of all lower extremity amputations are in persons with diabetes. These patients suffer from severe, diabetes-induced, peripheral, sensory neuropathy and, thus they frequently do not protect their feet from repetitive shear stress or traumatic episodes and ulceration often ensues. We have previously shown that the temperature profile of the plantar aspects of the foot provides a reliable warning of tissue injury and can be effectively used as a preventive modality. In this study we propose to further develop and clinically test a novel infrared-based temperature instrument (TempTouchRM®) that is intended for home use by high-risk diabetic patients. This step-on remote monitoring device will serve as an early warning system for impending ulcers and Charcot fractures. The study’s central hypothesis is that the TempTouchRM device will reduce the incidence of ulcers by providing an accurate, simple, and effective approach to monitor changes in foot temperatures.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
|Official Title:||Novel Home Care Device for High-Risk Diabetic Patients|
- incident foot ulcers [ Time Frame: one year ]
- temperature spikes on foot zones [ Time Frame: one year ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2007|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2008|
The study’s central hypothesis is that the TempTouchRM device will reduce the incidence of ulcers by providing an accurate, simple, and effective approach to monitor changes in foot temperatures. To study this hypothesis, the following specific aims are proposed:
Aim 1: To develop, validate and implement software and protocols for the following: (i) data acquisition and processing, and (ii) the physician-TempTouchRM communications interface. A state-of-the-art web interface will be developed to allow clinicians to view the stored data for their patients.
Aim 2: To evaluate the effectiveness of the TempTouchRM in reducing the incidence of diabetic foot ulcers among high-risk patients. Our hypothesis is that patients monitored with the TempTouchRM will have fewer foot ulcers and that the ulcers will be less severe. The 110 patient study will comprise two treatment arms: the standard therapy group and the enhanced therapy group The latter will receive standard care plus infrared temperature monitoring using the TempTouchRM daily for 12 months. Elevated temperatures will provide information to the physician that prevention practices should be initiated, such as off-loading, skin care, etc.
Aim 3: To determine the normal range of temperature variations for each individual foot for patients in the Enhanced Therapy and to correlate deviations from this range to the incidence of ulcers. Our previous studies have used the contralateral foot as the control to detect abnormal temperatures. We will investigate the hypothesis that with proper trending of normal foot temperatures, the individual foot can serve as its own control for predicting ulcers.
|Contact: Kevin R HIggins, DPM||(210) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Ruben G Zamorano, MSW, MPH||(210) 692-1114 ext email@example.com|
|United States, Texas|
|Kevin R. Higgins, DPM||Recruiting|
|San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78217|
|Contact: Ruben G Zamorano, MSW, MPH 210-692-1114 ext 119 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator:||Kevin R Higgins, DPM|