A Randomized Trial of Lenient Versus Strict Arm Instruction Post Cardiac Device Surgery

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • End date
    Jun 1, 2025
  • participants needed
    2500
  • sponsor
    Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation
Updated on 21 September 2021

Summary

The purpose and objectives of this study is to investigate whether reducing the existing arm restrictions on patients who receive Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIED) will result in an improved patient experience post operatively and reduce complication rates. There are multiple and varied arm restriction instructions given to patients receiving CIED's with limited universally accepted protocols or advice on restrictions for patients following surgery.

Restrictions such as arm immobilization, showering and weight lifting, in addition to contradictory advice between various hospitals and physicians, can negatively affect patient quality of life and increase patient anxiety with no current evidence for benefit. A cluster cross over randomized trial has been designed to test the comparative effectiveness of lenient vs strict arm restrictions for all patients receiving implantable devices.

Instructions within both arms of this study are considered within reasonable practice in Canada.

All arm restriction instructions and parameters will be embedded within EPIC, nurses will teach the restriction in addition they will be provide to the patients via printed EPIC discharge summaries. Further links will be embedded in the After Visit Summary (AFS) printouts and my Chart for patients in EPIC. These instructions will be changed every 7 months, as per the crossover design of the trial. Additionally, both arms will utilize interactive voice recognition (IVR) to provide patients with further reminders and instruction on arm restrictions.

All patients are given standard of care instructions for follow up and complication assessment through our device clinic and 24/7 on call nursing program.

Description

The purpose and objectives of this study is to investigate whether reducing the existing restrictions on patients post CIED will result in an improved patient experience post operatively and reduce complication rates. Results from this study will create standardized, postoperative arm restriction recommendations more uniform between various hospitals.

Hypothesis: The investigators hypothesize that outcomes of the post CIED implanted patients given lenient arm restriction will be non-inferior to those with prolonged arm restriction at reducing a combined primary endpoint of lead dislodgement, device infection, clinically significant pocket hematoma, upper limb DVT and frozen shoulder.

Clinical relevance: The investigators anticipate that patients with minimal (lenient) arm restriction will have similar postoperative complication rates compared to the prolonged arm restriction. Should this hypothesis be proven, this will greatly improve patient quality of life post CIED with less stringent restrictions.

Details
Condition Postoperative Complication
Treatment Lenient Arm Restriction, Strict Arm Restriction
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04915261
SponsorOttawa Heart Institute Research Corporation
Last Modified on21 September 2021

Eligibility

Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

all patients undergoing device surgery which includes implantation of at least one new endovascular lead

Exclusion Criteria

Standalone CIED generator replacement
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