Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery
April 24, 2015
The safety of study participants is our top priority. The trial is approved and periodically reviewed by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), which includes doctors, administrators, ethicists, and members of the general public. The safety of clinical trials is reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Before enrolling in a clinical trial, the investigator will explain the purpose of the trial, its expected benefits, any possible risks or side effects, and what your role will be. This is the time to ask questions! If you want to join the trial, you must sign the informed consent documents. You can leave a clinical trial at any time without penalty.
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Michael K. Urban, MD, PhD
Sean W. Donegan
Cross over study of 34 patients, comparing the effects of two different intravenous anesthetic protocol, with and without dexmedetomidine, on motor and somatosensory evoked potentials.
Inclusion criteria are patients between ages 18 to 70 years undergoing multilevel posterior spine fusions requiring SSEP and MEP monitoring
Exclusion criteria are contraindications to any of the anesthetic medications included in the protocols, history of bradycardia and non-English speaking patients.
Ronald G. Emerson, MD