Dexmedetomidine Versus Propofol for Continuous Sedation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) (Prodex)
Patients in the ICU who need help with their breathing are put onto a machine called a ventilator and are also given a medicine, called a sedative, which helps them to sleep and makes them more comfortable. Propofol is a sedative that is routinely used for these purposes.
For most patients the aim of sedation is to make them sleepy but still able to respond to nursing staff (light sedation).
Dexmedetomidine is a new sedative for use in intensive care and in this clinical study,dexmedetomidine is compared to propofol. It is thought that dexmedetomidine might be slightly better at allowing patients to be sleepy but still respond to people around them. It also does not appear to affect patient's breathing. The purpose of this study is to test whether dexmedetomidine really does have these advantages compared to propofol.
In this study, we hope to show that: dexmedetomidine is at least as good as propofol in helping patients to sleep better and making them more comfortable, and that they are able to communicate and cooperate better with the staff treating them, and that patients treated with dexmedetomidine require a shorter time on the ventilator than those treated with propofol.
Continuous Sedation in Initially Sedated Adults in ICU
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Prospective, Multi-centre, Randomised, Double-blind Comparison of Intravenous Dexmedetomidine With Propofol for Continuous Sedation of Ventilated Patients in Intensive Care Unit|
- Depth of sedation using the RASS. The target RASS range (target depth of sedation) should be 0 to -3 for a patient to be included in the study. The target may be amended during the study treatment, if clinically required. [ Time Frame: 2 hourly and before each rescue treatment dose during the treatment period and the 48-hour follow-up ]
- Duration of mechanical ventilation [ Time Frame: Start and stop times of mechanical ventilation while the patient is treated in the ICU ]
- Nurse's assessment of subject communication with visual analogue scales (VAS) [ Time Frame: At the end of each nursing shift during study treatment and 48 h follow-up period in the ICU ]
- Length of ICU stay [ Time Frame: Admission and discharge dates and times during the current ICU treatment period ]
|Study Start Date:||May 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: 2
This is a phase III, multi-centre, prospective, randomised, double-blind, double-dummy, active comparator study. The study consists of three periods: screening, double-dummy treatment and follow-up period.
All patients admitted to ICU will be pre-screened according to inclusion and exclusion criteria prior to informed consent using available clinical data.
Informed consent, screening and randomisation procedures should be completed within 72 hours from the time of admission to ICU and within 48 hours from starting continuous sedation. Eligible study subjects requiring light to moderate sedation (Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale [RASS] = 0 to -3) will be randomised to either continue on propofol or switch to dexmedetomidine. Patients should not have received any other continuously or regularly administered sedative agent than propofol during the last 12 hours except for opioid analgesics. Study treatments will be titrated to achieve an individually targeted sedation range determined on a daily basis. Rescue treatment (i.e. midazolam boli) may be given if needed to achieve the target depth of sedation. Continued need for sedation will be assessed at a daily sedation stop, conducted at the same time each day. First sedation stop may be 12-36 hours from randomisation, depending on the time of day the study subject is randomised. The duration of study treatment is limited to a maximum of 14 days from randomisation. Following withdrawal of sedation, study subjects will be monitored for 48 hours and contacted by telephone 31 and 45 days after randomisation.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00479661
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|Principal Investigator:||Esko Ruokonen, MD||Kuopio University Hospital|
|Study Director:||Kati Kaijasilta, MSc (Pharm)||Orion Corporation, Orion Pharma|