Colles Fracture | Ultrasound Assisted Distal Radius Fracture Reduction

Colles Fracture research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

PURPOSE: to evaluate the utility of bedside ultrasound performed by emergency physicians in the evaluation and reduction of colles fractures as compared with traditional pre and post reduction radiographs. With the objectives of assessing Emergency Ultrasounds (EU) utility in guiding reduction attempts of Colles fractures and to compare EU to x-ray for the final assessment of reduction adequacy.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - > 19 years old - Able to provide voluntary and informed consent - Distal radius fracture is the main traumatic injury - Planned reduction to be performed by the EP - Treating EP trained to perform EU for fractures OR one of the study authors available to perform EU Exclusion Criteria: - < 19 years old - Patient unable to provide voluntary and informed consent - Distal radius fracture is only one of several significant injuries - No reduction to be performed by the EP - EP not trained to perform EU for fractures AND no study author available to perform EU

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Colles Fracture

Point of Care Ultrasound

Emergency Ultrasound

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Device:Point of care ultrasoundA bedside ultrasound machine will be used to image the colles fracture during the fracture reduction process.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Ultrasound colles fractureThis is a single arm study

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: April 2012

Completed Date: December 2012

Phase: Phase 1/Phase 2

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Efficacy of Point of care ultrasound in Identifying colles fracture reduction

Secondary Outcome: Number of reduction attempts affected by ultrasound

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Andrew Skinner, MD

Lead Sponsor: University of British Columbia


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