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Does Thinning the Blood During Surgery Prevent Blood Clots Following Total Knee Replacement Surgery

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Identifier:
First received: November 10, 2005
Last updated: April 13, 2012
Last verified: April 2012
The goal of this study is to prevent blood clots from forming during surgery and a few days after total knee replacement surgery. This study will help us identify whether using a blood thinner in the operating room will stop blood clots from forming during the operation.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: unfractionated heparin
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Multi-centre, Double-blind, Randomized, Controlled Trial Comparing Intra-operative Regional Heparinization to Placebo for the Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis Following Total Knee Arthroplasty

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Further study details as provided by Ottawa Hospital Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • DVT as determined by venography [ Time Frame: 5 day post op ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Bleeding rate Rate of PE Complication Rate [ Time Frame: 2 week post op ]

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: July 2003
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: unfractionated heparin
    Five minutes prior to tourniquet inflation, patients will receive 0.1 ml/kg/minute of intravenous (IV) unfractionated heparin (1000 units/ml) or placebo (normal saline solution). Five minutes will be allowed to elapse to ensure complete systemic heparinization. The operated limb will then be elevated and exsanguinated using an Esmarch bandage. Following cuff inflation, the contents of a second syringe will be administered IV over a 5 minute period. The second syringe will contain either protamine sulfate (1.0 mg/kg) to reverse the systemic heparin for patients in the treatment group, or normal saline for the control group. Study drugs will be administered by the anaesthesiologist via a peripheral IV. This new method of intraoperative regional heparinization has been used in two previous studies (Giachino et al., 2001; Giachino et al., 1985) with no adverse effects noted.
Detailed Description:
Venous thromboembolism is a major cause of morbidity and mortality after lower limb orthopaedic surgery in the adult patient. If, as suggested, DVT formation begins intra-operatively then targeting this period to prevent clot formation could substantially reduce DVT rates in the TKA population. The present study aims to determine whether this intra-operative regional heparinization technique is effective in preventing the intra-operative formation of DVT following TKA, as evidenced by venography in the early post-operative period.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Undergoing unilateral primary total knee arthroplasty
  2. Males and non-pregnant females ages 18-90 (pre-menopausal females will undergo a serum pregnancy test at screening)
  3. Full weight bearing status (of non-operated leg) following surgery
  4. Patient able to understand and willing to sign informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • 1) Known hypersensitivity to contrast media 2) Patients taking Metformin 3) Serum creatinine above 180Fmol/L 4) Platelets < 100 x 10 9/L, INR/PTT > 1.5 x normal 5) History of heparin induced thrombocytopenia 6) Allergy to heparin or fish 7) Prior use of protamine sulfate (i.e., protamine-containing insulin) 8) Vasectomized or infertile males 9) History of bleeding disorder 10) Bilateral total knee arthroplasty 11) History of stroke or myocardial infarction in previous 6 months 12) Traumatic spinal anaesthesia (two or more attempts and/or bloody) 13) History of previous DVT/PE 14) Active peptic ulcer disease (e.g., GI bleed, rectal bleed) 15) Currently on chronic anticoagulant therapy 16) Contra-indication to heparin 17) Patient is taking part in any other investigational study 18) Previous contralateral TKR or hip replacement
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00253851

Canada, Ontario
Ottawa Hospital
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 8L6
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Principal Investigator: A Giachino OHRI
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Identifier: NCT00253851     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: OHREB 2002597-01H
Study First Received: November 10, 2005
Last Updated: April 13, 2012

Keywords provided by Ottawa Hospital Research Institute:
Total Knee Arthroplasty

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Calcium heparin
Fibrinolytic Agents
Fibrin Modulating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on April 26, 2017