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Beta Blockade in Critical Injury

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Identifier:
First received: July 24, 2006
Last updated: March 17, 2010
Last verified: March 2010
Critically injured patients endure a period of hypermetabolism/catabolism after being resuscitated. The metabolic cost of this may be measured in loss of lean body mass, poor wound healing, susceptibility to infection and long hospital stays. While there have been some data to suggest that hypermetabolism can be ameliorated in burn patients by beta blockade, to our knowledge, a prospective trial in trauma patients has not yet been done. Our hypothesis is that nonselective beta blockade will reduce catabolism, improve glucose control, blunt loss of lean body mass, decrease infections and improve outcome in a cohort of critically injured patients.

Condition Intervention
Drug: Propranolol

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Beta-blockade Reduces Catabolism in Severely Injured Trauma Patients

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Lean body mass
  • ICU length of stay
  • Infectious complications

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Metabolic rate
  • Glucose control
  • Nitrogen Balance

Estimated Enrollment: 100

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ISS>25, stable at 48 hours after injury
  • Fully resuscitated
  • Ventilated

Exclusion Criteria Include:

  • Intracranial hypertension requiring active treatment
  • Hypotension/Pressors
  • Already on beta blocker for a standard indication
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00356187

United States, Colorado
Denver Health Medical Center
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80204
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00356187     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R03 DK73349 (completed)
Study First Received: July 24, 2006
Last Updated: March 17, 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
Adrenergic Antagonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Antihypertensive Agents
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