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Hypothermia in the Trauma Patient - When do Trauma Patients Get Cold?

This study has been completed.
Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation
St. Olavs Hospital
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Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier:
First received: November 2, 2009
Last updated: December 30, 2014
Last verified: December 2014

The purpose of this study is to analyze changes in core body- and skin temperature during pre-hospital and early in-hospital treatment of multi-traumatized patients. The researchers want to investigate when trauma patients get cold and to what extent.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Hypothermia in the Trauma Patient - Temperature Changes During Transport and Initial Treatment in Hospital

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Survival to discharge [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Degree of hypothermia [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: October 2009
Study Completion Date: August 2014
Primary Completion Date: August 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Hypothermia is a common finding in severely traumatized patients. Decreases in core temperature during the course of initial evaluation and resuscitation are common, and can contribute to poor outcomes in multi-traumatized patients.

In this study the temperature will be recorded continually with multiple skin probes and an ear-probe from the site of the accident to arrival in the intensive care unit (including time in primary surgery, if any).


Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients transported to St. Olavs Hospital (Trondheim, Norway), followed by an anesthesiologist from the norwegian air ambulance and taken care of by the trauma team in the emergency room.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • trauma patient with a ISS 9 or above.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • <12 years old
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01006837

St. Olavs Hospital, department of anesthesia
Trondheim, Norway
Sponsors and Collaborators
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation
St. Olavs Hospital
Study Chair: Eirik Skogvoll, MD, PhD St. Olavs Hospital
Principal Investigator: Signy Camilla Eidstuen, med. student Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Norwegian University of Science and Technology Identifier: NCT01006837     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009/1263 (REK)
Study First Received: November 2, 2009
Last Updated: December 30, 2014
Health Authority: Norway:National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics
Norway: Directorate of Health

Keywords provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:
trauma patients
severe injury
ISS ≥9

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Body Temperature Changes
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