Monthly Archives : February 2016


Sr. Clinical Research Associate Patti Lawrence Proctors Insertion of Sentry IVC Filter

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 12.49.44 PMWe pride ourselves on having clinical research associates (CRA) like Patti Lawrence, who go above and beyond during clinical trials. When Hart Clinical Consultants (HCC) was contracted by NOVATE Medical Ltd. to proctor physicians during the Sentry IVC clinical trial, CRA Patti Lawrence was called in to lead. Patti’s past experience in cath labs and knowledge of surgical etiquette made her the perfect CRA for this trial. Throughout the case, she guided physicians through procedures and, with little notice, made herself available to assist the sponsor at various U.S. locations as needed.

According to NOVATE, the bio-convertible Sentry IVC filter is designed to provide protection from PE during the period that a patient is at risk, and then bioconvert to a non-filtering configuration after a minimum of 60 days. This feature removes the requirement for an additional interventional procedure to retrieve the device. In addition, Sentry has a cylindrical frame that is designed to reduce the reported complications of existing IVC filter technologies, including tilt, migration, fracture, and vessel perforation. The procedure requires insertion of the device into a patient’s inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart and is designed to filter for blood clots so they don’t migrate to the lungs.

This is currently the only known medical device that actually bioconverts inside the body, meaning it can change once inside to react to its environment. It is a game changer.

Testing new devices and performing investigational procedures on patients can be stressful. In many instances, we must make ourselves available at a moment’s notice to catch a plane and head to a site. This is what makes HCC proctors unique, our ability to accommodate the sponsor when timing is critical to the success of their clinical trial.

We are always thrilled to get feedback from our clients and were pleased when NOVATE had only praise for their experience with Patti. “Patti’s knowledge and clinical experience has served us well. Not only is she confident, but she portrays that confidence and knowledge to those she comes in contact with. You have a gold mine.” What a ringing endorsement!

Patti Lawrence is one of the reasons we are unique among other CROs. Like Patti, each member of the HCC team has practical, hands-on, clinical expertise and proficiency in clinical trial operations. This is not the norm. This unique combination allows study sponsors to focus our resources where they are needed most at various times throughout the trial – whether that be in device training, case proctoring, site management or study monitoring. This reduces the number of committed staff for completing trial activities and often ensures the same person will be the sponsor’s point of contact throughout each trial.


Hart Healthy Challenge: Get Active. Give Back.

#HeartMonth #HartHealthyChallenge

February is Heart Month, and in support of cardiac-health recognition, Hart Clinical Consultants (HCC) is getting active and giving back. By now, the New Year resolution hype is dying down and we are settling into 2016. Our goal is to remind everyone of one important resolution: be kind to yourself. Yes, that’s right! Let 2016 be the year where you step outside the chaos of life and focus on taking care of YOU!

To promote healthy living, we kicked off our Hart Healthy Challenge yesterday, February 1. HCC staff members are using Jawbone UP24 devices to track their steps throughout the month in a friendly competition. We are all making strides to walk, run, jog, hike, swim and bike more to show the effect an active lifestyle has on a healthy heart. Steps will be tracked on a daily basis and the top stepper at the end of each week will be recognized with a reward for their hard work.

For the grand finale of our Hart Healthy Challenge, the staff member who accumulates the most steps for the month of February will be awarded a $2,000 donation to give to their cardiac-related charity of choice. UPDATE:The second place stepper will be awarded $500 to donate to their cardiac-related charity of choice.

As the month progresses, watch our Twitter feed for updates on the HCC team’s progress and weekly steps! Get involved by sharing your own fitness progress using #HartHealthyChallenge. Even better, consider starting your own “Healthy Heart Month” challenge in your office. And remember, get moving for a healthier heart and a happier body!

Updated: Feb. 11, 2015

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