Cosmetic Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction After Facial Laceration Repair in the Emergency Department
Facial lacerations are commonly treated in the emergency department. The nature of the injury leads to a great deal of concern about the long-term cosmetic appearance of the wounds.
- What is the association between wound characteristics, wound management in the ED, patient satisfaction in the ED, and patient-rated cosmetic appearance of sutured wounds?
- Is there a difference noted among ED providers with different levels of training?
- Is there an association between initial satisfaction scores and wound outcome?
- Is there an association between short term and long term wound scores?
Design This is a non-randomized, prospective, observational study of patients who present to the ED seeking treatment for facial laceration repair.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
- Cosmetic outcome [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Cosmetic Visual Analog Score and the Wound Evaluation Score
- Satisfaction score [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Visual analog scale; left end labeled "Dissatisified" and right end labeled "Very satisfied"
|Study Start Date:||February 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||January 2014|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||January 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Patients whose lacerations have been repaired by PEM trained physicians.
Patients whose lacerations have been repaired by general pediatricians.
Patients whose lacerations have been repaired by PNPs.
Patients whose lacerations have been repaired by suture RNs.
|United States, Minnesota|
|Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota||Recruiting|
|Twin Cities, Minnesota, United States|
|Contact: Heidi Vander Velden, MS 612-813-7892|
|Principal Investigator: Kristin Dettmer, NP|
|Principal Investigator: Erin Fritz, NP|
|Sub-Investigator: Henry Ortega, MD|