Condition category
Circulatory System
Date applied
18/08/2010
Date assigned
26/08/2010
Last edited
18/03/2013
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Raphael van Tulder

ORCID ID

Contact details

Waehringerguertel 18-20
Vienna
1090
Austria
+43 (0)1 40400 1964
raphael.van-tulder@meduniwien.ac.at

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Intrahospital first medical contact (iFMC) to electrocardiogram (ECG): a randomised, controlled, interventional study on an organisational level

Acronym

Study hypothesis

Intrahospital first medical contact (iFMC) to electrocardiogram (ECG) time is influenced by implementing structural changes.

Ethics approval

Ethics Committee of the Medical University of Vienna approved on the 10th August 2010

Study design

Randomised controlled interventional trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Acute myocardial infarction

Intervention

The intervention is the availability of a dedicated ECG technician. In the control group no ECG technician is available. The availability of the ECG technician is randomised. There are three 8-hour ECG technician shifts per day. The shifts (morning, day, night) are equally distributed. The ECG technician rota is concealed. Clinical staff is informed about availablity of ECG technician by an alert sign at triage and registration counter. If available the ECG technician is alerted by phone. Study period is set for four weeks.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Time from arrival to ECG, defined as presentation to triage, which is called intrahospital first medical contact (iFMC). This timepoint is noted on the triagesheet by nursing staff.

Secondary outcome measures

1. Number of ECGs
2. Staff satisfaction
3. Feasibility, measured by a questionnaire

Overall trial start date

23/08/2010

Overall trial end date

23/09/2010

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

All patients (adults, either sex) receiving an ECG recording at the out-patient clinic of the Emergency Department (ED) at the Medical University of Vienna (MUW).

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

800

Participant exclusion criteria

1. All patients diagnosed to have myocardial infarction transferred to CathLab by Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
2. All patients bypassing triage for different reasons

Recruitment start date

23/08/2010

Recruitment end date

23/09/2010

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Austria

Trial participating centre

Waehringerguertel 18-20
Vienna
1090
Austria

Sponsor information

Organisation

Medical University of Vienna (Austria)

Sponsor details

c/o Associate Professor Harald Herkner
MD
MSc
Clinical Epidemiologist
Department of Emergency Medicine
Waehringer Guertel 18-20
Vienna
1090
Austria

Sponsor type

Hospital/treatment centre

Website

http://www.meduniwien.ac.at/index.php?id=372

Funders

Funder type

Hospital/treatment centre

Funder name

Medical University of Vienna (Austria) - Department of Emergency Medicine

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

1. 2012 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22463965

Publication citations

  1. Results

    van Tulder R, Roth D, Weiser C, Heidinger B, Herkner H, Schreiber W, Havel C, An electrocardiogram technician improves in-hospital first medical contact-to-electrocardiogram times: a cluster randomized controlled interventional trial., Am J Emerg Med, 2012, 30, 9, 1729-1736, doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2012.01.029.

Additional files

Editorial Notes