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Morphine Gel for Bedsores

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00007254
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 18, 2000
Last Update Posted : May 20, 2013
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
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University of Kansas Medical Center

Brief Summary:
This study tests the effectiveness of a morphine-containing gel for reducing pain caused by pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores or pressure sores. We will apply the gel containing morphine, or the gel alone, directly onto painful pressure ulcers and compare the results.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Decubitus Ulcer Drug: Pain relief for pressure ulcers Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

In this study, we will apply a morphine-containing gel (or placebo) directly onto painful pressure ulcers. We will take participants off of any opioid-containing medications upon entry into the study. This allows us to measure any morphine that may enter into the bloodstream from the topically applied gel.

The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of the gel for pressure ulcer analgesia, as well as the systemic absorption of morphine from the topically applied gel. We will document the amount of pain medications taken by participants to determine whether the gel decreases the need for these drugs.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 75 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Morphine-Infused Gel for Pressure Ulcer Analgesia
Study Start Date : March 2000
Study Completion Date : February 2003

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MedlinePlus related topics: Pressure Sores

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of a Stage II pressure ulcer.
  • Pressure ulcer must be painful.
  • Primary Care physician must approve participation.
  • Thinking ability must be clear and intact.
  • Willing to change pain medication to oxycodone.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Allergy to morphine, oxycodone or intrasite gel.
  • Use of codeine- or morphine-containing medications.
  • Use of pain medications for anything other than the pressure ulcer.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00007254

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United States, Kansas
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas, United States, 66160
United States, Missouri
Kindred Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Kansas
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
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Principal Investigator: Teresa D. Long, MD The University of Kansas Medical Center
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00007254    
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AR045506 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01AR045506 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: December 18, 2000    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 20, 2013
Last Verified: May 2013
Keywords provided by University of Kansas Medical Center:
Morphine gel
Pressure ulcer
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Pressure Ulcer
Pathologic Processes
Skin Ulcer
Skin Diseases