Steroids in Patients With Early ARDS
Recruitment status was Not yet recruiting
|First Received Date ICMJE||November 21, 2007|
|Last Updated Date||November 21, 2007|
|Start Date ICMJE||February 2008|
|Primary Completion Date||Not Provided|
|Current Primary Outcome Measures ICMJE
||The primary aim is to determine if low-dose methylprednisolone infusion, compared to placebo, will reduce all cause 28-day mortality, defined as the proportion of patients alive in each group on study day 28 at midnight. [ Time Frame: one year ]|
|Original Primary Outcome Measures ICMJE||Same as current|
|Change History||No Changes Posted|
|Current Secondary Outcome Measures ICMJE
||The secondary aims are the effects of treatment on: a. Systemic inflammation b. Duration of mechanical ventilation c. Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome d. Duration of ICU and hospital stay e. Cardiovascular morbidity-mortality f. Complications [ Time Frame: one year ]|
|Original Secondary Outcome Measures ICMJE||Same as current|
|Current Other Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Original Other Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Brief Title ICMJE||Steroids in Patients With Early ARDS|
|Official Title ICMJE||Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Low-Dose Glucocorticoid Infusion in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)|
Scientific background. Dysregulated systemic inflammation is a key pathogenetic mechanism for morbidity and mortality in ALI/ARDS, and is associated with tissue insensitivity and/or resistance to inappropriately elevated endogenous glucocorticoids. In one study, prolonged methylprednisolone treatment of ARDS patients resulted in rapid and sustained reduction in circulating and pulmonary levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, and procollagen.
Preliminary work. Five randomized trials (N = 518) investigating prolonged glucocorticoid treatment in acute lung injury/ARDS reported a significant physiological improvement and a sizable reduction in duration of mechanical ventilation and ICU length of stay. Insufficient data is available on the effects of low dose prolonged methylprednisolone treatment initiated in early ALI/ARDS on mortality.
Hypothesis. We hypothesized that the anti-inflammatory activity associated with prolonged methylprednisolone administration improves pulmonary and extra-pulmonary organ dysfunction in early ALI/ARDS and reduces mortality.
Objective. To investigate the effects of prolonged low-dose methylprednisolone infusion on mortality and morbidity in early ALI/ARDS.
Study design. Multicenter, prospective randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial.
Entry criteria. Patients with ALI/ARDS of less than 72 hours duration.
Stratification. Patients are prospectively stratified prior to randomization as (1) intubated versus NPPV treated, and (2) ARDS versus severe ARDS. The purpose of stratification is to distribute equally in both arms intubated versus NPPV treated, and ARDS versus severe ARDS.
End-points. The primary end-point of trial is 28 days all cause mortality; the secondary end-points are (a) ventilator-free days at 28 days following study entry, (b) organ failure-free days at 28 days following study entry, and (c) duration of ICU stay.
SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening form of acute hypoxemic respiratory failure that develops rapidly (12-48 hours), in the setting of an acute severe illness complicated by systemic inflammation.
Overall mortality in ARDS is 35-60%, with most nonsurvivors dying within two weeks of disease development. While a regulated inflammatory response is critical to survival, a major predictor of poor outcome in ARDS patients is persistence of pulmonary and systemic inflammation after one week of lung injury. Innate or treatment-induced downregulation of systemic inflammation is important to the resolution of ARDS.Failure to downregulate the production of inflammatory mediators (dysregulated inflammation) is associated with maladaptive lung repair and inability to improve ACM permeability, gas exchange, and lung mechanics over time.
In a phase II randomized controlled trial, Meduri and collaborators tested the hypothesis that prolonged administration of low dose methylprednisolone (1mg/Kg/day) initiated in early severe ARDS (within 72 h of diagnosis) downregulates systemic inflammation and leads to earlier resolution of pulmonary organ dysfunction and a reduction in duration of mechanical ventilation and ICU stay. The pre-defined primary end point to terminate the trial was a 1-point reduction in Lung Injury Score (LIS) or successful extubation by day 7. The duration of treatment was up to 28 days. In intention-to-treat analysis, the response of the two groups (63 treated and 28 control) clearly diverged by day 7 with twice the proportion of treated patients achieving a 1-point reduction in LIS (69.8% vs. 35.7%; P = 0.002) and breathing without assistance (53.9% vs. 25.0%; P = 0.01). Improvement by day 7 correlated with survival by day 7 (R = 0.41; P < 0.001) and hospital survival (R = 0.59; P < 0.001). Treatment was associated with a reduction in the duration of mechanical ventilation (5 vs. 9.5; P = 0.002), ICU stay (7 vs. 14.5; P = 0.007), and ICU mortality (79.4% vs. 57.4%; P = 0.03). At one year, the absolute difference in mortality was 17% (63.5% vs. 46.4%; P = 0.13).
The primary objective of the trial was to test the effect of treatment on lung function; a new larger trial is therefore needed to evaluate the effect of methylprednisolone treatment on survival. The primary aim of the proposed randomized trial is to determine if low-dose methylprednisolone infusion, compared to placebo, will reduce all cause 28-day mortality. Among patients admitted to the ICU with ALI/ARDS, we hypothesize that methylprednisolone infusion will reduce 28-day all cause mortality from 50% to 33% (aggregate data from five randomized studies).
SPECIFICS. In patients with ARDS, the administration of prolonged methylprednisolone treatment will decrease (in comparison to placebo):
All patients with ALI/ARDS of less than 72 hrs will be enrolled.
PROTECTION OF RECRUITED SUBJECTS: PREVENTION OF COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH GLUCOCORTICOID TREATMENT.In conformity with ethical principles that guide clinical critical care research, the protocol incorporates steps to maximize benefits and to minimize risks (i.e., to secondary prevention of potential complications associated with glucocorticoid treatment) to participants.
A. Treatment-induced blunting of the febrile response. Failed or delayed recognition of nosocomial infections in the presence of a blunted febrile response represents a serious threat to the recovery of patients receiving prolonged glucocorticoid treatment. In conducting a RCT investigating prolonged glucocorticoid treatment, infection surveillance is essential to minimize bias generated by the effect of undiagnosed infections on morbidity/mortality. The study protocol incorporates:
B. Treatment-induced neuromuscular weakness.The combination of prolonged glucocorticoid administration in conjunction with neuromuscular blocking agents may lead to prolonged neuromuscular weakness and delayed weaning. The use of neuromuscular blocking agents is strongly discouraged in this trial.
C. Treatment-induced downregulation of glucocorticoid receptors and rebound inflammation with premature discontinuation of glucocorticoid treatment.Ample experimental and clinical literature support the concept that duration of exposure to glucocorticoids is critical to achieving regulation of cytokine production and demonstrable therapeutic benefits. In experimental ALI, glucocorticoid administration was shown to be effective in decreasing lung collagen and edema formation with prolonged treatment, while premature withdrawal rapidly negated the positive effects of therapy. In patients with unresolving ARDS, premature discontinuation of methylprednisolone administration was associated with physiological deterioration that responded favorably to reinstitution of treatment. Study drug is tapered slowly over time. Since rebound inflammation may occur after termination of treatment, physician use of methylprednisolone is not restricted after completion of treatment with blind study drug.
D. Per os absorption of methylprednisolone is compromised for days after extubation. Yates and collaborators have previously shown undetectable methylprednisolone blood levels when ARDS patients were switched from IV to per os intake of the drug. Although the mechanisms of poor GI absorption following extubation of patients with ARDS are unclear, this factor is clinically relevant and may affect response to treatment. Enteral intake of study drug is postponed to day 5 after extubation.
E. Treatment-induced Hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia is a known complication of glucocorticoid therapy. An European open randomized clinical trial reported that in surgical patients in the ICU for greater than 5 days, ICU outcome is improved if near-normal glucose control is maintained with insulin therapy. This observation was confirmed in a large observational study of elderly patients admitted to a general ICU. Practice consensus guidelines recommend tight glycemic (< 150 mg/dl) control for septic ICU patients. Glycemia will be monitored every 4-to-6 hours and insulin infusion will be used following recent guidelines- The use of insulin to control glycemia in non-diabetic patients will be recorded .
CONCOMITANT THERAPY. The following concomitant medications are strongly discouraged:
RANDOMIZATION AND STRATIFICATION. Block randomization stratified according to site is used, and all assignments are made through a central randomization center that generated randomization lists according to the algorithm of Moses-Oakford (RND, Genova, Italy). The randomization ratio will be one active treatment versus one placebo (1:1), with a block size of 3, to receive methylprednisolone infusion or placebo. Patients are prospectively stratified prior to randomization as:
ASSIGNMENT OF PATIENTS. A random number generator (a die) will be used to randomize patients. A dynamic allocation scheme is used to stratify patients by
Study medication will be randomly assigned to numbers in advance. Corticosteroids and placebo will be randomized on a 1:1:1 basis. The random scheme will be prepared in blocks of three. Each patient's eligibility to be entered into the study will be established prior to randomization.
ALLOCATION CONCEALMENT.Only the clinical coordinator is in possession of the sequenced list of treatment assignment for each center. The patients and the investigators are unaware of the patients' treatment assignments. The clinical investigator at each center only assigned a sequential number to each enrolled patient. Assignments for methylprednisolone or placebo infusion are contained in sequentially numbered, opaque, sealed envelopes that are in possession of the recruiting investigator at each center. The recruiting investigator sends the sealed envelopes to the independent pharmacist in charge (or ICU manager) only after the participant's name is written on the appropriately sequenced envelope. The signed sealed envelope are opened and read only by the pharmacists in charge in a separate place.
UNBLINDING. The investigator may unblind the randomization code for a specific patient in case of an emergency and if the proposed therapy to be given to the patient depends on the identification of the treatment given. This possibility is most unlikely and is discouraged, as patients will usually be treated the same way whether the code is broken or not. If the code is broken (by opening a provided sealed envelope), the investigator must communicate via internet or fax a letter within two working days to the Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC) stating the date, time and reasons for breaking the blinded code. All envelopes will be returned at the end of the study.
SAMPLE SIZE. The sample size depends on the magnitude of the difference in mortality that is considered important. The study is designed to detect an absolute difference in all cause 28-day mortality of 17%, expecting a mortality of 33% and 50% for prolonged methylprednisolone treatment and placebo, respectively. A sample size of at least 400 patients would be required for this clinical trial to detect an improvement data significance level of 0.05 and a power of 0.90, considering an attrition rate of 10%.
ANALYSIS. This study is analyzed as intention-to-treat for patients that receive at least 24 hours of study drug and had no exclusion criteria recognized after study entry.
|Study Type ICMJE||Interventional|
|Study Phase||Phase 2
|Study Design ICMJE||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
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|Recruitment Status ICMJE||Not yet recruiting|
|Estimated Enrollment ICMJE||400|
|Estimated Completion Date||February 2009|
|Primary Completion Date||Not Provided|
|Eligibility Criteria ICMJE||
|Ages||18 Years and older|
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers||No|
|Location Countries ICMJE||Italy|
|NCT Number ICMJE||NCT00562835|
|Other Study ID Numbers ICMJE||Prot.cm.P662(A.1552)/C.E./2007|
|Has Data Monitoring Committee||No|
|Responsible Party||Not Provided|
|Study Sponsor ICMJE||Catholic University of the Sacred Heart|
|Collaborators ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Information Provided By||Catholic University of the Sacred Heart|
|Verification Date||November 2007|
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