Early Aggressive Pain Management is Associated With Improved Outcomes in Blunt Thoracic Trauma

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified October 2012 by University of California, San Francisco
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of California, San Francisco
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01327287
First received: March 29, 2011
Last updated: October 16, 2012
Last verified: October 2012
  Purpose

This study is designed to analyze the use of early aggressive pain management with thoracic epidural in eligible patients with blunt thoracic trauma.


Condition
Thoracic Injury
Rib Fracture
Sternal Fracture

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Early Aggressive Pain Management is Associated With Improved Outcomes in Blunt Thoracic Trauma

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Further study details as provided by University of California, San Francisco:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hospital Length of stay [ Time Frame: An average of 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    the hospital length of stay will be assessed for patients who received thoracic epidural compared to those who did not receive thoracic epidural.


Estimated Enrollment: 262
Study Start Date: February 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
Trauma patients eligible to receive thoracic epidural
Patients admitted to the hospital suffering from blunt thoracic injury and who meet inclusion/exclusion criteria and receive thoracic epidural for pain
Control Arm
Trauma patients eligible to receive thoracic epidural but did not receive thoracic epidural for pain

Detailed Description:

Due the limited availability of patient population this study requires together with the inclusion and exclusion criteria the study demands, this study will employ both a retrospective chart review process as well as prospective enrollment of qualified patients who provide consent to participate.

The two main groups being evaluated are: (1) eligible patients who received thoracic epidural within 48 hours of injury and (2) eligible patients who did not receive thoracic epidural within 48 hours of injury. In both retrospective and prospective approaches, the investigators will identify patients with blunt thoracic trauma who were eligible for thoracic epidural placement and received the treatment as well as those patients who were eligible but did not receive it. Hospital data such as ventilator days, ICU days, hospital days, hospital charges, and complications, etc. will be recorded.

A retrospective chart review of patients admitted to SFGH suffering from a blunt thoracic injury resulting in 3 or more rib fractures during a 5year time period from January 1, 2004 through January 1, 2009 will be conducted. Patient charts will be reviewed for pain management used for blunt thoracic trauma, hospital course, vitals, labs, and outcome measures. Similar to the prospective enrollment process, the retrospective chart review will screen for patients who had met the inclusion criteria and had not met any exclusion criteria.

Prospective patients admitted to SFGH suffering blunt thoracic injury (rib fractures, sternal fractures) requiring IV opioids for pain relief who do not fit exclusion criteria will be enrolled. Patients will be asked to give informed signed consent for the study doctor to place a thoracic epidural within 48 hours of injury and continued for a maximum of 5 days. The consent process will be twofold. For those who have consented to receive thoracic epidural and agreed to have their health information (HIPAA form) used for the study no additional permission will be required. However, for those patients who do not wish to receive epidural, consent will still be sought if their health information can be used to analyze that arm of the study that did not receive thoracic epidural.

Patient data such as vitals, labs and outcome measures will be recorded and analyzed. The data gathered both in the retrospective and prospective analyses will be used to assess utilization rate of thoracic epidural, and to determine if the use of thoracic epidural is associated with lower resource utilization and is cost effective. In both the retrospective chart review and prospective enrollment process, subjective pain, improved pulmonary function, amount of analgesia and overall clinical outcomes will be measured to determine if patients who received epidural catheters have significantly improved clinical outcomes than those patients who did not receive epidural catheter.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Adult patients > 18 years of age admitted to San Francisco General Hospital Trauma service with blunt thoracic trauma requiring IV opioids for pain relief

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • > 18 years of age
  • Patients admitted to SFGH trauma service with blunt thoracic trauma (i.e. rib fractures, sternal fractures) requiring IV opioids for pain relief.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Acute spine fractures or pre-existing spine deformity
  • Traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury or altered mental status
  • Unstable pelvic fracture or open abdomen
  • Hemodynamic instability or major aortic injury (dissection, pseudoaneurysm)
  • Coagulopathy
  • Mechanical intubation
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01327287

Contacts
Contact: Julin F Tang, MD 415-206-5274 tangj@anesthesia.ucsf.edu
Contact: Dante Yeh, MD 415-206-5977 yehd@sfghsurg.ucsf.eud

Locations
United States, California
University of California, San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States, 94110
Contact: Julin F Tang, Md    415-206-5274    tangj@anesthesia.ucsf.edu   
Contact: Gus Pangan, MBA    (415) 206-5274    pangang@anesthesia.ucsf.edu   
Principal Investigator: Julin Tang, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Dante Yeh, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of California, San Francisco
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01327287     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H9025-35075-01, 10-04955
Study First Received: March 29, 2011
Last Updated: October 16, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of California, San Francisco:
thoracic epidural
blunt
blunt thoracic injury

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fractures, Bone
Rib Fractures
Thoracic Injuries
Wounds and Injuries

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