Use of Clinical Findings and Biomarker Levels Combined for Disposition of Patients With Non-specific Complaints Presenting to the Emergency Department (BANC IV)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified June 2012 by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00920491
First received: June 12, 2009
Last updated: June 8, 2012
Last verified: June 2012
  Purpose

Patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) with non-specific complaints (NSC) such as "not feeling well", "feeling weak", "being tired", "general deterioration" are a very common and well-known, but poorly studied patient group. The differential diagnosis of NSC is extremely broad ranging from insufficient home care to acute life-threatening conditions. Therefore, the evaluation and diagnostic work-up of these mostly elderly patients with NSC is very time-consuming and not straight-forward. Furthermore, the assessment is complicated by comorbidities, polypharmacy or an altered mental status. For this reason, potentially unnecessary diagnostic efforts are undertaken in order to exclude a serious underlying condition, leading to prolonged throughput times and ED observation unit stays.

On the other hand, the patients` condition might be underestimated by ED physicians, which may result in ineffective, delayed or inadequate disposition, as well as poor patient outcomes. BANC (formerly BAUCAS) is a series of clinical studies with the intention to investigate the usefulness of clinical findings and biomarker levels combined for disposition of patients with non-specific complaints presenting to the emergency department.


Condition Intervention
Non-specific Complaints
Biological: proADM

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: BANC IV (BASEL NON - SPECIFIC COMPLAINTS IV) Use of Clinical Findings and Biomarker Levels Combined for Disposition of Patients With Non-specific Complaints Presenting to the Emergency Department

Further study details as provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • serious condition (potentially life-threatening or requiring early intervention to prevent health status deterioration) [ Time Frame: 30 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • 30 day mortality [ Time Frame: 30 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA

whole blood (MR-proADM)


Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: July 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
patients with non-specific complaints Biological: proADM
To compare the outcome of standard of care with an approach combining the standardized course and biomarker levels for the disposition of patients with non-specific complaints presenting to the emergency department (ED), in order to evaluate safety.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

The protocol of the BANC study specifies that patients are consecutively enrolled in order to obtain a random sample of the source population of ED self-referred and referred patients with UC

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All adult non-trauma patients with an Emergency Severity Index (ESI) of 2 or 3 are screened for inclusion

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients with specific chief complaints are excluded. Moreover, patients in whom an unambiguous and clear working hypothesis with logical management steps can be established are excluded
  Contacts and Locations
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Contacts
Contact: Roland Bingisser, MD 41 - 61 265 ext 58 30 rbingisser@uhbs.ch
Contact: Christian H Nickel, MD 41-61-556 ext 5315 cnickel@uhbs.ch

Locations
Switzerland
University Hospital Basel Recruiting
Basel, Switzerland, 4031
Contact: Roland Bingisser, MD    41- 61 - 265 ext 58 30    RBingisser@uhbs.ch   
Contact: Christian H Nickel, MD    41 - 61 - 556 ext 5315    CNickel@uhbs.ch   
Principal Investigator: Roland Bingisser, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Roland Bingisser, MD University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
  More Information

No publications provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00920491     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ED UHBS
Study First Received: June 12, 2009
Last Updated: June 8, 2012
Health Authority: Switzerland: Ethikkommission

Keywords provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:
Chief complaint
non-specific symptoms
general weakness / general deterioration
risk assessment in ED patients with non-specific symptoms

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 19, 2014