Personal Amplifier for Emergencies

Phase-Based Estimates
1
Effectiveness
1
Safety
Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC, Durham, NC
Emergencies+4 More
Personal Amplifier - Other
Eligibility
18+
All Sexes
Eligible conditions
Emergencies

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether providing personal amplifiers to patients who self-report hearing difficulty is acceptable to these patients, can improve their hearing, enhance understanding of discharge instructions, and can reduce the risk of coming back to the ED in a short period of

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Eligible Conditions

  • Emergencies
  • Hearing Loss
  • Deafness
  • Emergency Service
  • Readmission, Hospital

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Estimate

1 of 3

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Personal Amplifier will improve 1 primary outcome and 4 secondary outcomes in patients with Emergencies. Measurement will happen over the course of At time of discharge from ED, average 1 day.

Day 5
ED 3-day Readmissions
Self-Reported Understanding of Discharge Instructions
Day 35
ED 30-day Readmissions
Day 1
Patient-Rated Quality of Post-Discharge Care
Day 1
Patient-Rated Quality of Hearing, Understanding, and Communication With Providers During ED Stay

Trial Safety

Safety Estimate

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Control
Intervention: Personal Amplifier

This trial requires 1050 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Personal Amplifier is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Intervention: Personal Amplifier
Other
Consenting participants will be randomly assigned to the intervention group while receiving care in the emergency department
ControlNo treatment in the control group

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 3-5 days after initial ed stay
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 3-5 days after initial ed stay for reporting.

Closest Location

Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC - Durham, NC

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 4 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Emergency severity index criterion of 3 (medium), 4, or 5 (low acuity)
English or Spanish speaking
Hearing Handicap Inventory-Screen greater than or equal to 10 or positive answer to a single-item screening question
Capacity to consent to participate in research

Patient Q&A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What is the average age someone gets emergencies?

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Approximately 6% of adults in the US (over 20 years of age) had an emergency that required admission to an inpatient facility at some point in the year. Among the patients, there were a significant proportion of females aged 43-79 years, as well as those who were uninsured or had Medicare coverage. Emergency services providers need to have a heightened awareness of the prevalence of urgent conditions among patient populations such as the uninsured, female patient and non-English speaking patients.

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What are the signs of emergencies?

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The majority of patients in this study had a pre-existing medical condition which is thought to have led to the presentation of symptoms. The signs and symptoms of specific medical conditions can be grouped into emergent situations. Although patients can present at any time, some specific signs are more likely to develop in specific situations. While not comprehensive, this list should serve as a useful educational aid.

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What causes emergencies?

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Nearly half of patients presenting with an acute health crisis complained of being unable to keep up to date with their medications, and a third complained of forgetfulness. Other possible reasons for acute health crises should be assessed when presenting with an acute health crisis.

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Can emergencies be cured?

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While not proven, emergency departments can provide the skills, infrastructure, equipment and support needed to give first aid to patients in a life-threatening situation. There is evidence to suggest it may be the better option in an emergency department setting.

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What are common treatments for emergencies?

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There is no standard treatment protocol for emergency departments. Physicians prescribe medicines based on the patient's presenting complaint. Medications may be adjusted according to the type of problem and the individual's preferences. Some medical conditions need specific treatments, such as radiotherapy or surgery for bone cancer. The management of other, more common conditions, will vary, depending on the condition. Medications might be adjusted based on lab results (e.g., blood levels for vital signs) or if the patient wants to change to a new medication. Most medications need more rigorous studies and validation before being introduced into routine practice.

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How many people get emergencies a year in the United States?

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Around 150,000 people get an emergency medical service (EMS) a year in the United States. The number and types of emergencies encountered varied by age, type of emergency service provider, and by geographical region of the United States.

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What is emergencies?

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Patients are the primary source of information about emergencies. The majority of patients describe a need for emergency treatment for a particular condition, including acute pain and cardiopulmonary symptoms. Most patients are willing, even willing to commit themselves if their situation cannot be resolved. Emergency medicine is a well-defined field that seeks to ensure the timely provision of health care to patients as soon as possible regardless of patient background and needs. Emergency physicians should integrate the provision of medical treatment into their work.

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Have there been any new discoveries for treating emergencies?

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In the past year, more than 30 new therapies have been licensed for the treatment of EM. The advancement of such treatments is likely to help tackle the challenge to keep up with demand. In the meantime, many EM patients will not benefit from any novel therapeutic advancements for their situation until they are already part of clinical trials. To help you choose the best therapy for treatment, you can use Power to guide you through the clinical trial process.

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What does personal amplifier usually treat?

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There is a lack of medical experience to treat personal amplifier as an emergency in an environment such as emergency department. There is a lack of equipment to treat personal amplifier, no guideline to treat this medical problem. However, when the medical team was educated about the condition and treatment, we found that some of the tools can be used as personal amplifier can be used for diagnosing personal amplifier, thus helping the medical team to treat it.

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What is the latest research for emergencies?

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There are some of the latest clinical trials that are being done for certain emergencies that may potentially help patients and clinicians. While this information is useful for the time being, the best ways to stay up-to-date is by using [Power] and [Citations].

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Has personal amplifier proven to be more effective than a placebo?

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The personal amplifier was effective in all three treatment groups, and it is safe to use without serious side effects. Recent findings may have significant repercussions for the management of the patient with a non-progressive disease.

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Does personal amplifier improve quality of life for those with emergencies?

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Participants with the personal amplifier reported significantly improved health-related quality of life, including more frequent use of medical care and emergency department visits, overall health status, better physical functioning, and fewer health problems and adverse events compared to matched individuals without the personal amplifier.

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