Use of a Mobile Remote Device to Optimize Pediatric Inter-facility Transportation: A Feasibility Study
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02915640|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 27, 2016
Last Update Posted : September 27, 2016
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Acute Disease||Other: Remote technology||Not Applicable|
Paediatric Specialized Inter-facility transport utilizes specialized teams usually made up of a respiratory therapist, paediatric critical care nurse, and paediatric intensivist as medical control. When a Nurse Practitioner or General Practitioner from a remote site has a paediatric acute care referral and wants to arrange transportation there is an initial call at which point there are two priorities: first is obtain a patient history and then provide advice to the remote caregiver to initiate specific therapies; second is to mobilize the specialized team to the patient. The period of time between giving initial advice while dispatching the team and the time when the team arrives, can often be a vulnerable period for the remote caregiver as well as the patient. The ability to directly visualize and assess the patient during this time, as well as assist the specialized team once they arrive may provide improvement in safety and care of the patient. It may also improve triaging and may make the stabilization and departure time more efficient.
Remote technology will be used for an initial patient assessment after being contacted by phone from the peripheral centre to transfer an acutely ill paediatric patient as assessed by the referral centre care provider. After assessment the patient will be triaged to either remain in the local community, transferred to a regional hospital that provides paediatric acute care (Prince Albert), or be transported to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon for tertiary care. Data to be collected includes:
- Duration of time from the beginning of the initial phone call to the first therapeutic intervention
- Time to stabilization
- Time to decision for disposition
- The duration of contact with the health care provider and the patient
- Number of scheduled follow-up contacts for a specific patient within 24 hours
- Number of times the referring centre re-consults
- Of the patients who triaged to stay in the local community how many were transported to the tertiary care centre within 24hrs
- How many patients who arrived at the tertiary care centre were discharged within 24hrs
- How many patients on arrival were deemed to be unnecessary
The nurses and physicians who are communicating with the Intensivist about the case will complete a post-encounter survey to evaluate their experience.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||69 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Primary Purpose:||Health Services Research|
|Official Title:||Remote Technology for Paediatric Patient Assessment, Stabilization and Triaging Prior to Paediatric Inter-facility Transportation: A Feasibility Study|
|Study Start Date :||March 2015|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||February 2016|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||May 2016|
Experimental: Remote technology
Remote technology will be used for an initial patient assessment after being contacted by phone from the peripheral center to transfer an acutely ill pediatric patient as assessed by the referral centre care provider.
Other: Remote technology
Utilization of remote technology versus not using remote technology when triaging and managing pediatric patients in remote settings prior to pediatric specialized inter-facility transportation.
No Intervention: Control
A Nurse Practitioner or General Practitioner from a remote site has a pediatric acute care referral and arranges a transportation. There is an initial call to obtain a patient history, to provide advice to the remote caregiver to initiate specific therapies and to mobilize the specialized team to the patient.
- Transport number in the cases (with the robot) versus the controls (without the robot) [ Time Frame: One year ]
- Tertiary care hospital length of stay in the cases versus the controls [ Time Frame: One year ]
- The number of patients transported to the regional hospitals in the cases (with the robot) versus the controls (without the robot) [ Time Frame: One year ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02915640
|Pelican Narrows Clinic (Angelique Canada Health Centre)|
|Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan, Canada, S0P 0E0|
|Regina General Hospital|
|Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, S4P 0W5|
|Royal University Hospital|
|Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7N0W8|
|Principal Investigator:||Tanya Holt, MD||Clinical Assistant Professor|