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Spinal Clearance Study: Expediting the Spinal Clearance Process in the Major Trauma Patient

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00163826
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 14, 2005
Last Update Posted : January 8, 2016
Victorian Trauma Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Bayside Health

Brief Summary:

The Alfred Hospital receives approximately 40% of the major trauma patients in Victoria, all of whom are at risk for spinal injuries. The potential for spinal injuries necessitates the undertaking of appropriate spinal investigations, and a delay in the completion of these investigations exposes the patient to the risk of a missed diagnosis of spinal instability and of complications of immobility; the potential spinal patient is required to wear a neck collar and be nursed lying flat whilst awaiting the completion and the appropriate documentation of spinal X-ray investigations.

The purpose of this study is to identify the issues causing a delay in the process of the completion of the appropriate spinal investigations and the documentation of the results.

The outcome of the proposed research will be the development of a clinical management protocol to expedite the process, with the aim of optimising patient care and reducing complications.

Condition or disease
Multiple Trauma Traumatic Brain Injury Spinal Injuries

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 299 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Official Title: Optimisation of Patient Management Through Expediting the Spinal Clearance Process in the Major Trauma Patient
Study Start Date : March 2004
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2006
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2006

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Trauma Patients
Major trauma patients

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Hospital trauma patients

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major trauma patients

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients not subjected to spinal position restrictions on admission
  • Patients deceased prior to spinal clearance
  • Patients transferred to another centre prior to spinal clearance

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00163826

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Australia, Victoria
Bayside Health
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3149
Sponsors and Collaborators
Bayside Health
Victorian Trauma Foundation
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Principal Investigator: Helen M Ackland, MHSc Bayside Health
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Responsible Party: Bayside Health Identifier: NCT00163826    
Other Study ID Numbers: 163/03
First Posted: September 14, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 8, 2016
Last Verified: January 2016
Keywords provided by Bayside Health:
cervical spine injury
multiple trauma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Brain Injuries
Brain Injuries, Traumatic
Multiple Trauma
Spinal Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System
Back Injuries