SMS Reminder for Forgotten Ureteral Stents (sms&FUS)

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Dicle University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01172158
First received: June 29, 2010
Last updated: July 28, 2010
Last verified: July 2010
  Purpose

Ureteral stents has become an indispensable instrument for urology practice as a result of widespread use of endourological interventions. Removal of stents could be sometimes neglected by patients or physicians. This omission may lead to legal and medical problems for urologists, health institutions and also for patients. In this study, the investigators offer a computer program providing two sided recall to prevent this nasty complication with sending automatic message by short message service (SMS) to both the patient and the urologist.


Condition
Stents

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Solution for Medical and Legal Problems Arising From Forgotten Ureteral Stents: Reminder Short Message Service (SMS)

Further study details as provided by Dicle University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • A solution for medical and legal problems arising from forgotten ureteral stents: Reminder Short Message Service (SMS) [ Time Frame: five months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

    Primary Outcome Measure will be evaluated with;

    1. Number of the patients who admitted for stent removal will be compared with the patients who did not admit. So the effectivity of the SMS sending proram will be evaluated.
    2. The percentage of complication of forgotten ureteral stent will be calculated. And this rate will be compared with the previous rate of same department and the rates reported in the literature.
    3. Patient satisfaction surveys
    4. The time of the patients admitted. The data obtained from this study will be compared with previous data.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • SMS Reminder for Forgotten Ureteral Stents [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Secondary, this practice can be prevalent in all hospitals at the our country.


Estimated Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: May 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
Forgotten ureteral stents

Detailed Description:

In this study, first an institutional subscription agreement was signed between our university and a mobile phone cell company which is supporting SMS sending program. In the second step, by making software plug-in to our hospital's patient follow up program, two programs were integrated. According to this integration, after stent insertion, in case of entering the numerical code corresponding of ''ureteral stent application'' procedure during the stage of epicrisis preparation, the patient follow up system warns the official recording the epicrisis to enter the stent removal time. Patient follow up system transfers this information to SMS sending program. After several weeks of the procedure, if the stent needs to be removed, the software automatically sends a warning message to the patient and the physician. If the patients attends to urology department and undergoes stent removal, the official enters the code of "endoscopic stent removal" to the patient follow-up program. Then the program stops to send warning message.

By the software plug-in to patient follow up program, SMS sending was made mandatory not to forget or skip none of the patients during the epicrisis writing procedure.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

First an institutional subscription agreement was signed between our university and a mobile phone cell company which is supporting SMS sending program. In the By making software plug-in to our hospital's patient follow up program, two programs were integrated. According to this integration, after stent insertion, in case of entering the numerical code corresponding of ''ureteral stent application'' procedure during the stage of epicrisis preparation, the patient follow up system warns the official recording the epicrisis to enter the stent removal time. Patient follow up system transfers this information to SMS sending program. After several weeks of the procedure, if the stent needs to be removed, the software automatically sends a warning message to the patient and the physician.

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who had ureteral stent insertion.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who did not want SMS message from us or want to give cell phone number.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01172158

Locations
Turkey
Dicle University School of Medicine
Diyarbakir, Turkey
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dicle University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Ahmet A Sancaktutar, Asist Prof. Department of Urology, Dicle University School of Medicine
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dicle University, School of Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01172158     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1-Dicle University
Study First Received: June 29, 2010
Last Updated: July 28, 2010
Health Authority: Sweden: Institutional Review Board
Turkey: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Dicle University:
forgotten ureteral stents, SMS Reminder

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 23, 2014