Pilot Study to Develop a Pediatric Cervical Spine Injury Risk Assessment Tool
Please note that enrollment for this study has ended.
What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of this research study is to try to develop a computerized decision support tool for use by emergency medical service (EMS) providers and emergency physicians who evaluate children for cervical spine injuries. This project has the potential to improve EMS and ED care of injured children.
Who can participate in the study?
This study pertains to children aged 17 years or younger with a history of traumatic injury and who were evaluated in the ED at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
What will happen during the study?
This is only an observational study. This means that nothing was done differently in caring for the patient because of the study.
For enrolled participants, the EMS provider and emergency physician complete forms with demographic information about the patient, details of when and how the injury happened, and their evaluation and treatment of the patient at the ED. The patient receives the same care as he/she would have if there was no such research study ongoing. Project staff members also review the patient’s medical record to collect information regarding diagnosis and hospital care.
If the patient did not have any x-rays of his/her neck after their injury, then a parent/legal guardian may be contacted by phone in the future for a brief follow-up interview. This is to see if the patient developed any neck symptoms or was subsequently diagnosed with a neck injury.
Who can I contact if I am interested or if I have any questions about the study?