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Procalcitonin as a Tool to Shorten Antibiotic Therapy in the ICU

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 19, 2011
Last Update Posted : December 19, 2011
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Rodrigo Octavio Deliberato, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

Brief Summary:
Recently, biomarkers like procalcitonin have been studied in order to help physicians to decrease the duration of the antibiotic therapy. The investigators objective was to assess whether the decrease in procalcitonin levels could be used to reduce the antibiotic therapy in critically ill patients with a proven infection without risking a worse outcome.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Sepsis Other: procalcitonin measurement Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 81 participants
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Official Title: Clinical Impact of Procalcitonin to Shorten Antimicrobial Therapy in Septic Patients With Proven Bacterial Infection in an Intensive Care Setting
Study Start Date : March 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2010

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MedlinePlus related topics: Antibiotics Sepsis

Intervention Details:
  • Other: procalcitonin measurement

    The patients assigned to the procalcitonin group had procalcitonin and C reactive protein levels measured at day 0 (bacteremia), 5 or 7 (if positive blood culture) and then every 48 hours until hosptital discharge, death or until the antibiotics were stopped. A predefined procalcitonin protocol was used together with the clinical outcome, to guide the physician´s decision to discontinue antibiotics.

    The procalcitonin protocol encouraged the physician to discontinue the antibiotics when: 1)procalcitonin dropped more than 90% from the baseline peak level or 2)an absolute value below 0,5ng/mL was reached. Cases in which the antibiotic treatment was continued against what the PCT values indicated were categorized as " antibiotic discontinuation overruling"

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. reducing the duration of antibiotic therapy [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    the primary objective was to assess if a procalcitonin measurement protocol can reduce the duration of antibiotic therapy in critically ill patients with sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock with documented infection

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. all cause mortality [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    The secondary endpoints were in-hospital mortality, ICU mortality, ICU length of stay, recurrence of the initial infection, analyis of the C-reative protein levels along with the procalcitonin protocol and costs

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • all patients admitted in the intensive care unit with sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock with a microbiologically confirmed infection (blood, urine, tracheal aspirate or bronchoalveolar fluid culture)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • onset of the antibiotic therapy more than 48 hours before the date when the cultures were performed
  • patients less than 18 years old
  • known pregnancy
  • infections requiring prolonged antibotic therapy such as endocarditis, hepatic or brain abscess, deep abscess, mediastinitis and osteomyelitis
  • severe infection caused by virus, parasites, fungi or chronic prostatitis
  • negative cultures in patients with suspected sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01494675

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Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
São Paulo, Sâo Paulo, Brazil, 05641-901
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
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Principal Investigator: Rodrigo O Deliberato, M.D. Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

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Responsible Party: Rodrigo Octavio Deliberato, ICU staff physician at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein Identifier: NCT01494675     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PCT
First Posted: December 19, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 19, 2011
Last Verified: December 2011
Keywords provided by Rodrigo Octavio Deliberato, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein:
duration of the antibiotic therapy
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
Pathologic Processes
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Antibiotics, Antitubercular
Anti-Infective Agents
Antitubercular Agents