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71 Ultrasound directed reduction of Colles’ type distal radial fractures in ED (UDiReCT): a feasibility randomized controlled trial
  1. Hamza Malik1,
  2. Andrew Appelboam1,
  3. Gordon Taylor2,
  4. Daryl Wood3,
  5. Karen Knapp4
  1. 1Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  2. 2Professor of Medical Statistics and Director of the RDS SW, University of Exeter
  4. 4Associate Professor Musculoskeletal Imaging, University of Exeter


Aims/Objectives/Background Wrist fractures are among the commonest injuries seen in the emergency department (ED). Around 25% of these injuries have Colles’ type fracture displacement and undergo manipulation in the ED. In the UK, these manipulations are typically done ‘blind’ without real time imaging and recent observational studies show that over 40% of the injuries go on to require surgical fixation (due to inadequate initial reduction or re-displacement). Point of care ultrasound has been used to guide and improve wrist fracture reductions but it’s effect on subsequent outcome is not established. We set up and ran the UK’s first randomised controlled feasibility trial comparing standard and ultrasound guided ED wrist fracture manipulations to test a definitive trial protocol, data collection and estimate recruitment rate towards a future definitive trial.

Methods/Design We conducted a 1:1, single blind, parallel group, randomised controlled feasibility trial in two UK hospitals. Adults with Colles’ type distal radial fractures requiring manipulation in the ED were recruited by supervising emergency physicians supported by network research nurses. Participants were randomised to ultrasound directed fracture manipulation (intervention) or standard care with sham ultrasound (controls). The trial was run through Exeter Clinical Trials Unit and consent, randomisation and data collection conducted electronically in REDCap cloud. All participants were followed up at 6 weeks to record any surgical intervention and also underwent baseline and 3 month quality of life (EQ-5D-5L) and wrist function (Patient Rated Wrist Evaluation (PRWE) assessments.

Results/Conclusions We recruited 47 patients in total, with 23 randomised to the interventional arm and 24 randomised to the control arm. We were able to follow up 100% of the patients for the 6 week follow up. Data analysis and results will be presented at the time of the conference.

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