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Clinical Trial Summary

The purpose of this study is: - to evaluate the feasibility of using the GraduCheck® device to optimise the compression profile attained by experienced tissue viability nurses (TVNs) using standard, commonly prescribed, multi-layer bandage systems (Actico, Coban and K2) on healthy volunteers. - to evaluate the feasibility of using the Graducheck® device to ensure that it does not add excessive time to apply the different sorts of compression bandaging (Actico, Coban and K2) when using the GraduCheck® system to monitor the compression.


Clinical Trial Description

This trial is designed to investigate the feasibility of using the GraduCheck® device to achieve optimal compression profiles under compression bandages by experienced TVNs and to check that this does not add excessive time to the bandaging. This prospective feasibility trial compares the sub-bandage compression profiles achieved by experienced TVNs when applying compression to volunteers without any pressure feedback (hence using experience only), compared with applying compression whilst using the GraduCheck® numerical display for compression feedback during application. This comparison will be made using three different compression systems on each volunteer. The last system used should be Urgo K2. The three multi-layer compression bandaging systems will be: - Actico - Coban - Urgo K2 Place of study The study is to be carried out at the Woundcare Consultants Clinic (with a Covid-secure protocol in place). Healthy Volunteers Twelve (12) healthy volunteers will be recruited. Assessment of volunteers Before the study commences, any potential volunteer who expresses an interest in joining the study will be given a patient information sheet and a consent form. Those that have read the patient information sheet and consent form, and still wish to be involved, will be invited in for assessment. Healthy volunteer participants who fulfil the above criteria (part from those measured at the assessment) will be assessed to by using a Doppler Ability ultrasound device to measure the Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI), exclude any lower limb ischaemic disease. Healthy volunteer participants must have an ABPI reading between 0.8 and 1.2. A sphygmomanometer cuff will be placed around the lower legs at the ankle, one after the other, and inflated to 40mmHg. Volunteers will need to be able to tolerate this to be included. Consent Healthy volunteers who fulfil the inclusion and exclusion criteria (including the assessment of ABPI and cuff inflated around the ankle), to a maximum of 12, will be invited to consent for the study. The healthy volunteers will have been given an opportunity to discuss any points of the study or consent before signing the consent form. As part of the consenting process, the healthy volunteers will be informed that they can withdraw at any stage, for any reason, without having to tell the organisers of their reason. The study protocol The volunteer will be allocated to the TVN who will perform six sequential compression bandage procedures on one of the volunteer's legs, the first three blinded to the GraduCheck® readings and the second three using the GraduCheck®readings to inform the compression being applied. The GraduCheck® compression sensor device will be applied in each of the six sessions. The time of each compression application will be measured. There will be 12 volunteers treated and 3 TVNs - so each TVN will treat 4 of the volunteers. The leg to be selected will be on sealed envelope selection (12 sealed envelopes - 6 left and 6 right). The process will be as follows: 1. - application of first compression system (Actico), blinded to GraduCheck® results: - the volunteer is sat in the treatment chair and TVN prepares the Actico compression system and the GraduCheck® compression sensor - the GraduCheck® compression system is turned on to record the compression, but positioned so the TVN is unable to see the output - when ready, the timer is started - the GraduCheck® sensor strip will be applied antero-laterally on the selected limb after the first non-compression (padding) layer is applied. It is important that in volunteers with a significant space from the lateral malleolus to their calf (Achilles tendon) have additional padding placed (at the TVNs discretion). - the TVN then applies the Actico compression system as per manufacturer's instructions - when the TVN has completed the job the timer is stopped and the time of application is noted - the compression profile measured by the GraduCheck® system is recorded by a third party without any communication of the result to the TVN (to prevent any bias before the second two blinded compression system applications) - once the figures have been recorded from the GraduCheck® device and the time of the compression application has been noted, the compression system will be removed - the healthy volunteer will be asked to stand, stretch and go for a short walk before commencement of the next application 2. - application of second compression system (Coban), blinded to GraduCheck® results: - the volunteer is sat in the treatment chair and TVN prepares the Coban compression system and the GraduCheck® compression sensor - the GraduCheck® compression system is turned on to record the compression, but positioned so the TVN is unable to see the output - when ready, the timer is started - the GraduCheck® sensor strip will be applied antero-laterally on the selected limb after the first non-compression (padding) layer is applied. It is important that in volunteers with a significant space from the lateral malleolus to their calf (Achilles tendon) have additional padding placed (at the TVNs discretion). - the TVN then applies the Coban compression system as per manufacturer's instructions - when the TVN has completed the job the timer is stopped and the time of application is noted - the compression profile measured by the GraduCheck® system is recorded by a third party without any communication of the result to the TVN (to prevent any bias before the next blinded compression system application) - once the figures have been recorded from the GraduCheck® device and the time of the compression application has been noted, the compression system will be removed - the healthy volunteer will be asked to stand, stretch and go for a short walk before commencement of the next application 3. - application of third compression system (Urgo K2), blinded to GraduCheck® results: - the volunteer is sat in the treatment chair and TVN prepares the Urgo K2 compression system and the GraduCheck® compression sensor - the GraduCheck® compression system is turned on to record the compression, but positioned so the TVN is unable to see the output - when ready, the timer is started - the GraduCheck® sensor strip will be applied antero-laterally on the selected limb after the first non-compression (padding) layer is applied. It is important that in volunteers with a significant space from the lateral malleolus to their calf (Achilles tendon) have additional padding placed (at the TVNs discretion). - the TVN then applies the Urgo K2 compression system as per manufacturer's instructions - when the TVN has completed the job the timer is stopped and the time of application is noted - the compression profile measured by the GraduCheck® system is recorded by a third party - once the figures have been recorded from the GraduCheck® device and the time of the compression application has been noted, the compression system will be removed - the healthy volunteer will be asked to stand, stretch and go for a short walk before commencement of the next application 4. - application of first compression system (Actico), using GraduCheck®to inform compression application: - the volunteer is sat in the treatment chair and TVN prepares the Actico compression system and the GraduCheck® compression sensor - the GraduCheck® compression system is turned on to record the compression, and the output screen turned to the TVN so they can monitor the compression being applied in real time - when ready, the timer is started - the GraduCheck® sensor strip will be applied antero-laterally on the selected limb after the first non-compression (padding) layer is applied. It is important that in volunteers with a significant space from the lateral malleolus to their calf (Achilles tendon) have additional padding placed (at the TVNs discretion). - the TVN then applies the Actico compression system as per manufacturer's instructions, using the output from the GraduCheck® to keep as close as possible to the prescribed pressure of 40 mmHg at the ankle reducing to 20 mmHg just below the knee - when the TVN has completed the job the timer is stopped and the time of application is noted - the compression profile measured by the GraduCheck® system is recorded - once the figures have been recorded from the GraduCheck® device and the time of the compression application has been noted, the compression system will be removed - the healthy volunteer will be asked to stand, stretch and go for a short walk before commencement of the next application 5. - application of second compression system (Coban), using GraduCheck® to inform compression application: - the volunteer is sat in the treatment chair and TVN prepares the Coban compression system and the GraduCheck® compression sensor - the GraduCheck® compression system is turned on to record the compression, and the output screen turned to the TVN so they can monitor the compression being applied in real time - when ready, the timer is started - the GraduCheck® sensor strip will be applied antero-laterally on the selected limb after the first non-compression (padding) layer is applied. It is important that in volunteers with a significant space from the lateral malleolus to their calf (Achilles tendon) have additional padding placed (at the TVNs discretion). - the TVN then applies the Coban compression system as per manufacturer's instructions, using the output from the GraduCheck® to keep as close as possible to the prescribed pressure of 40 mmHg at the ankle reducing to 20 mmHg just below the knee - when the TVN has completed the job the timer is stopped and the time of application is noted - the compression profile measured by the GraduCheck® system is recorded - once the figures have been recorded from the GraduCheck® device and the time of the compression application has been noted, the compression system will be removed - the healthy volunteer will be asked to stand, stretch and go for a short walk before commencement of the next application 6. - application of third compression system (Urgo K2), using GraduCheck® to inform compression application: - the volunteer is sat in the treatment chair and TVN prepares the Urgo K2 compression system and the GraduCheck® compression sensor - the GraduCheck® compression system is turned on to record the compression, and the output screen turned to the TVN so they can monitor the compression being applied in real time - when ready, the timer is started - the GraduCheck® sensor strip will be applied antero-laterally on the selected limb after the first non-compression (padding) layer is applied. It is important that in volunteers with a significant space from the lateral malleolus to their calf (Achilles tendon) have additional padding placed (at the TVNs discretion). - the TVN then applies the Urgo K2 compression system as per manufacturer's instructions, using the output from the GraduCheck® to keep as close as possible to the prescribed pressure of 40 mmHg at the ankle reducing to 20 mmHg just below the knee - when the TVN has completed the job the timer is stopped and the time of application is noted - the compression profile measured by the GraduCheck® system is recorded - if the healthy volunteer is part of the comfort study, then this compression will stay in place and will not be removed - if the healthy volunteer is not part of the comfort study, then once the figures have been recorded from the GraduCheck® device and the time of the compression application has been noted, the compression system will be removed - the healthy volunteer will be asked to stand, stretch and go for a short walk before being allowed to leave and go home. ;


Study Design


NCT number NCT05178147
Study type Interventional
Source The Whiteley Clinic
Contact Sylvie Hampton, MA
Phone +441323 846850
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date January 2022
Completion date February 2022