U.Va.'s Department of Emergency Medicine to Begin Study to Help Patients
Breathe During Ambulance Transportation
28, 2000 -- The University of Virginia Department
of Emergency Medicine is beginning a study of a special, non-invasive
device to assist patients with breathing while they are being transported
by ambulance to the U.Va. hospital.
device, known as BiPAP, delivers oxygen under pressure, which has
been shown to help hospitalized patients with fluid in their lungs
get more oxygen in their blood and breathe better. The purpose of
the study is to determine whether use of the BiPAP device in the
ambulance will help patients with difficulty breathing, and also
whether it will help keep them from needing a breathing tube and
living in rural communities don't have ready access to hospitals,
so anything we can do to improve the care they get while they are
being transported should help them have better outcomes," said Dr.
Sabina A. Braithwaite, assistant professor of emergency medicine
at U.Va. and head of the study. "Everyone who participates in the
study will be closely monitored by the EMS provider and will receive
the more traditional treatment if there are any problems."
study has been reviewed by the Human Investigation Committee (HIC)
at the University of Virginia. Since the patient would most likely
be unable to give consent to participate and because of the potential
benefit to participants, the HIC has in this situation approved
a waiver to the usual consent process, according to Dr. David Peura,
chairman of the HIC at U.Va. A total of 216 subjects will be enrolled
in the U.Va. study, primarily from Greene County.
additional information, call Dr. Braithwaite at 804-982-0605.