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The Effect of Antioxidants on the Immune Response and Wound Healing in Critically Ill Patients

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: NCT00487097
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 15, 2007
Last Update Posted : February 18, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Pierre singer, Rabin Medical Center

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether the addition of omega-3 and antioxidants to nutritional support in critically ill patients in the intensive care unit influences the immune and anti-inflammatory systems and so improves wound healing.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pressure Sores Intensive Care Dietary Supplement: Eicosapentanoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

A prospective randomized study to include 40 consecutive patients admitted to the general intensive care unit. The control group will receive nutritional support composed of a standard formula. The study group will receive nutritional support enriched with fish oil and anti-oxidants. The following variables will be assessed in all patients: demographics, severity of illness, assessment of bed sores. Blood tests will also be taken for the following: CD 8, CD 14, CD 18, CD 11a, CD49c, CD 49d. In addition, blood samples will be collected for TNF, IL-1b, IL-6, IL-8, and levels of C-reactive protein. Metabolic parameters such as resting energy expenditure, BMI, albumin, prealbumin, levels of zinc, relationship between omega 3 and omega 6. Theses test will be performed at time of ICU admission, days 7, 14 and 28 after admission.

The outcome: improved repair of pressure sores, together with improvement in objective parameters of immunity and inflammation.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of EPA, GLA and Antioxidants on the Immune Response - Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Wound Healing in Critically Ill Patients.
Study Start Date : September 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2010

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Drug Information available for: Icosapent

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Study Group
Enteral Nutrition with Omega 3 (Eicosapentanoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid)
Dietary Supplement: Eicosapentanoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid
Enteral nutrition formula enriched with Eicosapentanoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid
Other Name: OXEPA

No Intervention: Control Group
Patients in control group will receive nutritional support composed of a standard formula

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Improvement of wound healing of pressure sores [ Time Frame: within 28 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Improvement in parameters of immunity and inflammation [ Time Frame: Within 28 days ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Critically ill patients in intensive care unit
  • Grade 2 pressure sores

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Immunosuppression with steroids or other agents
  • Active bleeding
  • Head trauma

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00487097

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Rabin Medical center
Petah Tikva, Israel, 49100
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rabin Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Pierre Singer Rabin Medical Center, Beilison Hospital, Israel

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Pierre singer, Professor, MD, Rabin Medical Center Identifier: NCT00487097    
Other Study ID Numbers: 4428
First Posted: June 15, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 18, 2013
Last Verified: February 2013
Keywords provided by Pierre singer, Rabin Medical Center:
intensive care
critically ill
fish oil
pressure sores
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Pressure Ulcer
Critical Illness
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Skin Ulcer
Skin Diseases
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Protective Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs