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Protocol-driven Hemodynamic Support for Patients With Septic Shock

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2010 by National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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First received: June 9, 2006
Last updated: August 23, 2010
Last verified: August 2010
This research is being done to see if a protocol (a set of orders that determine how much and how quickly a drug/fluid is given) for fluid and drugs used to increase blood pressure (vasopressors) will work better then general clinical practices to improve outcomes in patients with septic shock.

Condition Intervention
Shock, Septic
Severe Sepsis
Procedure: Fluid and Vasopressor Protocol

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Protocol-driven Hemodynamic Support for Patients With Septic Shock

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Length of vasopressor treatment [ Time Frame: within 90 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Total number of vials vasopressors administered [ Time Frame: Within 90 days ]
  • Time on more than single vasopressor [ Time Frame: Within 90 days ]
  • Volume of intravenous fluids administered in first 7 days [ Time Frame: 7 days ]
  • Number of organ failures [ Time Frame: Within 90 days ]
  • ICU mortality rates [ Time Frame: Within 90 days ]

Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: September 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: Fluid and Vasopressor Protocol
    A Physician Ordered, Nurse Administered Fluid and Vasopressor Protocol
Detailed Description:

Septic shock is low blood pressure caused by an infection. Sepsis is the most common cause of death in non-cardiac intensive care units, and septic shock is the most severe form of sepsis. Treatment for septic shock includes giving antibiotics, intravenous fluids, and medications to raise the blood pressure (vasopressors).

We would like to see if a protocol-driven management strategy for septic shock can shorten time on vasopressors and limit the number of side effects. We have constructed a protocol that will allow the nurse at the bedside, in conjunction with the physician's orders, to adjust the amount of fluids and medications that raise the blood pressure (vasopressors).


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ACCP/SCCM sepsis criteria
  • Need for institution of vasopressors after adequate volume resuscitation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age< 18
  • On vasopressors for > 24 hours prior to ICU admission
  • Other cause for shock ( cardiac tamponade, massive pulmonary embolus, cardiogenic shock)
  • Physicians and family not committed to aggressive medical therapy ( a patient will not be excluded if he/she would receive all care except for attempts at resuscitation from cardiac arrest)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00335907

Contact: Jonathan E Sevransky, MD 410-550-0546

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Recruiting
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21224
Principal Investigator: Jonathan E Sevransky, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Principal Investigator: Jonathan E Sevransky, MD, MHS Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Jonathan Sevransky, Johns Hopkins University Identifier: NCT00335907     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K-23 NIGMS 2005
Study First Received: June 9, 2006
Last Updated: August 23, 2010

Keywords provided by National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS):
Clinical trial
Controlled clinical trial
Shock, Septic

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Shock, Septic
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
Pathologic Processes
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