Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery
The objective of the study is to examine the safety of two different hemoglobin (Hgb)-based transfusion triggers in patients post cardiac surgery.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery|
- Safety of the lower hemoglobin transfusion trigger of 7.5 g/dl against the higher hemoglobin transfusion trigger of 9.0 g/dl. [ Time Frame: The assessment will last untill day 4 post surgery ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]This outcome measure is a simultaneous assessment of the multiple end points duration of pressor use, symptomatic anemia, anemia-associated hypotension within 48 hours post surgery and Hgb recovery by day 4 post-surgery.
- Rate of incidence of transfusion related complications between the two randomizations arms. [ Time Frame: This will be compared during the hospital stay, untill 30 days after discharge. ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]The comparison will be based on a composite end point consisting of transfusion related lung injury (TRALI) that is ARDS, ventilator time>24 hours, pneumonia; stroke (permanent/transient); MI and renal failure.
|Study Start Date:||November 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Conservative Transfusion Arm
Subjects in the conservative transfusion arm will receive transfusion only when their hemoglobin levels reach 7.5 g/dl.
Other: Blood transfusion
Conservative transfusion arm: Subjects randomized to the conservative transfusion arm will receive transfusions of PRBCs post-surgery only when their Hgb level measures < 7.5 g/dl. Blood products should be given to maintain Hgb levels >7.5 g/dl.
Active Comparator: Liberal Transfusion Arm
Subjects in the liberal transfusion arm will receive transfusion only when their hemoglobin levels reach 9.0 g/dl.
Other: Blood transfusion
Liberal transfusion arm: Subjects randomized to the liberal transfusion arm will receive transfusions of PRBCs post-surgery only when their Hgb level measures < 9.0 g/dl. Blood products should be given to maintain Hgb levels > 9.0 g/dl.
Nearly 20% of blood transfusions in the United States are given to in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Despite the many blood conservation techniques that are available, safe, and efficacious for patients, many of these operations continue to be associated with significant amounts of blood usage. We believe that transfusion protocols which employ specific guidelines for transfusion can decrease blood product usage and improve outcomes for patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Our goal is to demonstrate that a carefully chosen trigger can achieve better outcomes.
Our hypothesis is that a transfusion trigger of Hgb 7.5 g/dl will lead to decreased utilization of blood transfusions and will have many positive effects on the patients post cardiac surgery in addition to substantial cost savings. We will use an evidence based approach to observe the relative safety of a conservative transfusion trigger (7.5 g/dl) as compared to a more liberal trigger (9.0 g/dl). We will also study the effect of blood conservation on the incidence of transfusion-related complications such as transfusion related lung injury (TRALI) and infectious complications as well as length of hospital stay, cost and ventilator time.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01463345
|United States, New Jersey|
|Hackensack University Medical Center|
|Hackensack, New Jersey, United States, 07601|
|Principal Investigator:||Leonard Lee, M.D.||Dr Lee is leaving Hackensack University Medical Center on June 30th, 2012. Effective July 1st, 2012 he will assume his new role as the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at the University OF Medicine & Dentistry OFNew Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson|