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This is a prospective multicentre (N=15), stepped-wedge randomized trial that aims to evaluate the benefit of a protocolised comprehensive care bundle for early management of acute heart failure in the ED.

Clinical Trial Description

Acute heart failure (AHF) is one of the most common diagnoses for elderly patients in the emergency department (ED), with an admission rate higher than 80% and 1-month mortality around 10%. There is scarce evidence of any clinical added value of a specific treatment to improve outcomes, and European guidelines for the management of AHF are based on moderate levels of evidence, due to the lack of randomized controlled trials. Recent reports suggest that the very early administration of full recommended therapy may decrease mortality. However, several studies highlighted that elderly patients often received suboptimal treatment: For example, less than a third of them received nitrates therapy while it is recommended. Furthermore, a recent preliminary study reported that only 50% of them are assessed for precipitating factors - although it has been reported that precipitating factors are independently associated with mortality.

The hypothesis of the Elisabeth Study s is that an early care bundle that comprises early and comprehensive management of symptoms, along with prompt detection and treatment of precipitating factors should improve AHF outcome in elderly patients. ;

Study Design

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NCT number NCT03683212
Study type Interventional
Source Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Contact Yonathan Freund, Doctor
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 2018
Completion date August 2019

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