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Heparin's Influence on ROTEM® Analysis

This study has been completed.
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University of Lausanne Hospitals Identifier:
First received: October 18, 2011
Last updated: October 19, 2011
Last verified: October 2011

Coagulopathy with transfusion requirements is frequent during cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary Bypass. Rotational thromboelastrometry (ROTEM®) is a viscoelastic whole blood point of care test used to assess the patient's coagulation status.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of ROTEM® analysis in the presence of very high heparin concentrations as seen during cardiopulmonary bypass.

Coronary Artery Disease

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation of the Feasibility of Rotational Thromboelastrometry During Cardiopulmonary Bypass Using a Heparinase Modified ROTEM® Assay

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Further study details as provided by University of Lausanne Hospitals:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline ROTEM® measurements after the administration of heparin
    Baseline ROTEM® measurement will be compared to ROTEM® measurements after the administration of heparin, at the end of cardiopulmonary bypass and after the administration of protamine.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Whole blood

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: September 2011
Primary Completion Date: September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
coronary artery disease
patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting using cardiopulmonary bypass

Detailed Description:

The Society of Cardiothoracic surgeons suggest that 50% of patients undergoing cardiac surgery have a blood transfusion.

Several studies indicate an increase in morbidity and mortality related to blood transfusions.

Traditionally, the coagulation tests are performed in the hematology laboratory.

Rotational thromboelastrometry is a useful method of assessing perioperative coagulation function in patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

The presence of significant amounts of heparin in blood samples during cardiopulmonary bypass induces artifactual errors when thromboplastin is used as a reagent. For this reason, whole blood coagulation monitoring with ROTEM® has not been feasible during cardiopulmonary bypass with heparin anticoagulation. Recently recombinant thromboplastin has come available. It's stability is guaranteed by the manufacturer for plasmatic heparin concentrations up to 5UI/l .

Three of the available ROTEM®-tests are EXTEM (activation by recombinant thromboplastin), INTEM (activation by elagic acid) and HEPTEM. In the latter, heparinase, added to the INTEM reagent, eliminates heparin to reveal underlying coagulopathies.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of ROTEM® analysis in the presence of very high concentration of heparin and to evaluate whether heparinase could reverse heparin's effect on EXTEM and INTEM during cardiopulmonary bypass.

Arterial blood samples were drawn for analysis after induction of anesthesia (T0),10 minutes after the administration of heparin (T1), at unclamping of the aorta (T2) and after heparin reversal with protamine (T3). The following tests will be performed: EXTEM, INTEM, HEPTEM and a heparinase modified EXTEM. For the latter, recombinant thromboplatin instead of the elagic acid is used in the HEPTEM test. Heparin concentrations are measured at T1 and at the end of bypass (T2). HEPCON® was used for heparin management.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting using cardiopulmonary bypass

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients ungergoing coronary artery bypass grafting using cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Patients from 18 to 85 years old.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients incapable to consent.
  • Known coagulopathies or platelet dysfunction.
  • Patients treated with antiplatelet drugs other than aspirin.
  • Patients treated with anti vitamine K anticoagulants.
  • Patients treated with heparin less than 6 hours prior to surgery.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01455454

University of Lausanne Hospitals
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland, 1011
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Lausanne Hospitals
Principal Investigator: Carlo E Marcucci, MD University of Lausanne Hospitals
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT01455454     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 123/10
Study First Received: October 18, 2011
Last Updated: October 19, 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Coronary Disease
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
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