Efficacy and Safety of Dexmedetomidine During Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation
The purpose of the study is to determine the efficacy and safety of dexmedetomidine during Non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV) for patients with acute respiratory failure compared to standard analgesic/sedation practices
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Efficacy and Safety of Dexmedetomidine During Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation for Patients With Acute Respiratory Failure: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Pilot Study|
- Tolerability of NPPV as assessed by an NPPV tolerance score [ Time Frame: Completed at time 0min, 30min, 60min, 3hr, 6hr, 12hr, and then every 12 hours after the start of NPPV therapy ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Percent of study time spent with a Riker-SAS score between 3 and 4 inclusive [ Time Frame: Completed at baseline and every 4 hours after the start of NPPV therapy for the duration of the study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||March 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Active Comparator: Dexmedetomidine||
Dexmedetomidine will be started at a rate of 0.2mcg/kg/hr and titrated by 0.1 mcg/kg/hr every 30 minutes to a maximum of 0.7 mcg/kg/hr to maintain a Riker-SAS 3-4.
Other Name: Precedex
|Placebo Comparator: Placebo||
Placebo infusion will be started at a rate of 0.2mcg/kg/hr and titrated by 0.1 mcg/kg/hr every 30 minutes to a maximum of 0.7 mcg/kg/hr to maintain a Riker-SAS 3-4.
Other Name: Precedex
Non-invasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV) is increasingly being used to manage patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF) in an effort to avoid the numerous negative sequelae associated with intubation and mechanical ventilation. In the USA, it is estimated that 20-30% of all patients placed on mechanical ventilation are treated with NPPV. Indications for NPPV include but are not limited to acute or acute-on-chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure, pulmonary edema, respiratory failure in immunocompromised patients or that due to chest wall deformity or neuromuscular disease. For NPPV to be successful, it is critical that the patient be cooperative and comfortable (i.e. no pain) as agitation and discomfort interfere with the success of NPPV.
Despite the importance of patient comfort during NPPV, physicians infrequently use sedation or analgesic therapy during NPPV, primarily due to concerns about the respiratory depressant effects of most of the sedatives (e.g., benzodiazepines) and analgesics (e.g., opioids) that are currently available. In addition, neither the benzodiazepines nor opioids are easily titratable, can easily accumulate and can be associated with both the development of delirium and a withdrawal effect.
Dexmedetomidine is an intravenous rapid-onset, short acting ά 2-receptor agonist that is approved for short-term sedation in post-operative and critically ill patients. It has been stated that this drug produces a state of "cooperative sedation" allowing the patient to interact with health care providers. Dexmedetomidine has been used for its ability to cause sympatholysis and, because of analgesic properties, to decrease the need for opioids. Potential advantages include its short half life and intravenous route of administration, permitting rapid titration to achieve sedation targets and, in patients with respiratory failure; it can provide both sedation and analgesia without inducing respiratory depression. Despite these advantages, it is currently used by less than 5% of pulmonologists/ intensivists as the primary sedative option during NPPV and has not been studied in a controlled fashion in this population. Therefore, dexmedetomidine may prove to be more efficacious and safe compared to standard sedation/analgesic therapy during NPPV.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00871624
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Tufts Medical Center|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02111|
|Winchester, Massachusetts, United States, 01890|
|Principal Investigator:||Nicholas S Hill, MD||Tufts Medical Center / Winchester Hospital|