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Prophylactic Bronchoscopy After Inhalation Injury in Burn Patients

This study has been completed.
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Hurley Medical Center Identifier:
First received: October 15, 2009
Last updated: December 22, 2012
Last verified: December 2012
The investigators hypothesize that the scheduled use of bronchoscopy on a regular basis after inhalation injury in burn patients will improve outcome by providing pulmonary hygiene, decrease the incidence of pneumonia, and detect pneumonia earlier than standard treatment without bronchoscopy.

Condition Intervention
Inhalation Injury
Procedure: bronchoscopy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prophylactic Bronchoscopy After Inhalation Injury in Burn Patients

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Further study details as provided by Hurley Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • All Cause Mortality [ Time Frame: until death or discharge from hospital, data reviewed every 6 months ]
    Bronchoscopy group deaths n=0. Control group deaths n=1.

  • Respiratory Associated Mortality [ Time Frame: until death or discharge from hospital, data reviewed every 6 months ]
    Bronchoscopy group deaths n=0. Control group deaths n=1.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Incidence of Pneumonia [ Time Frame: until discharge from the hospital, data reviewed every 6 months ]
    Bronchoscopy group- 4/13 (31%) Control group- 6/15 (40%)

  • Length of Mechanical Ventilation [ Time Frame: until discharge from hospital, data reviewed every 6 months ]
    Days of mechanical ventilation (bronchoscopy 5.1 days, 95% CI +/- 3.6 days versus control 6.7 days, 95% CI +/- 6.3 days, p = 0.7).

  • Length of ICU Stay [ Time Frame: until discharge from hospital, data reviewed every 6 months ]
    Number of ICU days (bronchoscopy 10 days, 95% CI +/- 10 days versus control 18 days, 95% CI +/- 12 days, p = 0.4).

  • Length of Hospital Stay [ Time Frame: until discharge from hospital, data reviewed every 6 months ]
    Number of hospital days (bronchoscopy 21 days, 95% CI +/- 12 days versus control 26 days, 95% CI +/- 12 days, p = 0.5).

Enrollment: 28
Study Start Date: October 2009
Study Completion Date: July 2012
Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: bronchoscopy intervention group
Group undergoing scheduled bronchoscopy.
Procedure: bronchoscopy
Scheduled bronchoscopy.
No Intervention: Control group
Standard treatment without scheduled bronchoscopy.

Detailed Description:

The role of bronchoscopy in most hospitals has been limited to obtaining lavage fluid for culture and assessing the degree of airway injury, which has been shown to be predictive of outcome. Severe inhalation injury, which is characterized by pulmonary edema, bronchial edema, and secretions, can occlude the airway and lead to atelectasis and pneumonia. Aggressive use of bronchoscopy is highly effective in removing foreign particles and accumulated secretions that worsen the inflammatory response and impede ventilation. While it seems intuitive that bronchoscopy would improve pulmonary hygiene by removing secretions and denuded epithelial slough in burn patients, there has not been any published data to support or deter the use of bronchoscopy for inhalation injury nor document an improvement in morbidity or mortality secondary to bronchoscopy as a therapeutic intervention.

Recent research has shown that the process of intubation for mechanical ventilation provides a portal for bacterial contamination, after which the damaged tracheobronchial mucosa quickly becomes colonized with pathogenic organisms in over 50% of the patients. Furthermore, within 15 minutes of smoke inhalation, there is significant airway edema and thickening, more prominently in the lower trachea than the upper portion. These factors place the patient with inhalation injury at high risk for pneumonia.

We have used the National Burn Repository data to previously show that patients who receive aggressive use of bronchoscopy after inhalation injury have an improved outcome in terms of decreased ventilator days, decreased ICU length of stay, decreased incidence of pneumonia, and a trend towards improved mortality. However, that data was unable to document why. It was also unable to confirm that the findings were not due to institutional bias. Therefore, one of the conclusions from that study was that a prospective trial is needed to confirm the findings.

Our hypothesis is that a scheduled and sequential use of bronchoscopy after inhalation injury as a therapeutic tool to remove secretions, slough, carbonaceous material, and screen for the early detection of pneumonia by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) will improve outcome. We will attempt to document this improvement by using the following endpoints: length of ICU stay, length of hospital stay, ventilator days, incidence of pneumonia, overall morbidity and mortality with and without bronchoscopy.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Any burned patient arriving intubated on mechanical ventilation OR requiring mechanical ventilation within 48 hours of admission AND
  2. > 18 years old AND
  3. patient believed to be able to survive more than 48 hours after arrival (not likely to be made DNR or comfort care) including:

    • any methamphetamine explosion or
    • any burn associated with fire (not chemical) of the face or blast injury to the face or
    • confined in a burning space for more than 10 minutes or
    • any burn with carbonaceous material around the nose or mouth or
    • any burn > 15% TBSA associated with fire (not chemical) or
    • any burn associated with an explosion in a confined space.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Likely to die within 48 hours based upon severity of injury.
  2. Less than 18 years old.
  3. Burned patient transferred to our facility already on mechanical ventilation for more than 48 hours.
  4. Patient already on antibiotics for another reason.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00997555

United States, Michigan
Hurley Medical Center
Flint, Michigan, United States, 48503
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hurley Medical Center
Principal Investigator: John A Carr, MD Hurley Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Hurley Medical Center Identifier: NCT00997555     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HMC0001
Study First Received: October 15, 2009
Results First Received: September 4, 2012
Last Updated: December 22, 2012

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Respiratory Aspiration
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Respiration Disorders
Pathologic Processes processed this record on April 25, 2017