Vitamin C for Severe Thermal Injuries

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified April 2012 by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Recruitment status was  Not yet recruiting
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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Identifier:
First received: April 23, 2012
Last updated: April 30, 2012
Last verified: April 2012
Animal and human data have supported the notion that administration of large doses of Vitamin C has beneficial effects on those subjects suffering from large burns. This effect may be due, in part, to the antioxidant and free-radical-scavenging properties of Vitamin C. These studies have demonstrated an improvement in urine output during resuscitation and reduced need for fluid volumes during resuscitation. In turn, these subjects demonstrated a reduction of wound edema, improved respiratory status (demonstrated by improvements in P:F ratios and reduced ventilator days), and no differences in terms of the possible complications of high-dose vitamin C administration between standard and treatment groups. The purpose of this study is to prospectively determine if Vitamin C can be safely used as an adjunctive treatment for patients suffering severe thermal injuries. High-dose vitamin C administered at a dose of 66mg/kg/hr during the acute phase of severe burn injuries will reduce fluid requirements in the first 48 hours after injury.

Condition Intervention Phase
Severe Thermal Injury, Greater Than 20% TBSA
Drug: High Dose Ascorbic Acid
Drug: Placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prospective Placebo-Controlled Double-Blinded Trial for High-Dose Vitamin C Administration During the Acute Resuscitative Phase of Severe Thermal Injuries

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Further study details as provided by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Fluid Volume Requirements during the resuscitative phase after severe burn [ Time Frame: 24 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Primary Outcome is to reduce fluid outcome requirements within the first 24 hours after severe thermal injury

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Days of Ventilator Support Required [ Time Frame: Hospital Course, estimated 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Comparisons between cohorts as to the number of days of ventilator support will be measured

  • Incidence of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome [ Time Frame: Hospital Course, estimated 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Complication and infection rates in the Vitamin C group [ Time Frame: Hospital Course, estimated 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Incidence of Renal Failure [ Time Frame: Hospital Course, estimated 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Incidence of renal failure between cohorts will be measured

Estimated Enrollment: 54
Study Start Date: June 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Victims of severe thermal injury receiving placebo
Drug: Placebo
Lactated Ringers solution will be given at a similar volume to what the treatment group will receive
Other Name: LR
Experimental: Vitamin C
Victims of severe thermal injury receiving vitamin C
Drug: High Dose Ascorbic Acid
Treatment Group will receive a dose of 66 mg/kg/hr of ascorbic acid injection for 24 hours after injury
Other Name: Vitamin C


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Subjects presenting with second and/or third degree burns exceeding 20% total body surface area but not greater than 75% TBSA
  2. Age between 18 and 65 years of age
  3. Subject has provided full written informed consent prior to the performance of any study-related treatment or procedure

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Subjects presenting more than 6 hours from the estimated time of injury
  2. Known inclusion in another interventional clinical trial
  3. Subjects with known significant comorbidities (Congestive Heart Failure, Myocardial Infarction within 6 months of admission, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease or Renal Impairment)
  4. Pregnant Subjects
  5. Prisoners or Subjects Under Arrest
  6. Subjects younger than 18 years of age or older than 65 years of age
  7. Subjects with Baux Scores (Age plus % TBSA) greater than 120 (describing a non-survivable injury)
  8. Subjects with any known allergy to components included in injectable ascorbic acid
  9. Subjects with significant trauma burden (ISS > 15), including any open fracture, intracranial hemorrhage, or significant intra-abdominal injury.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01587261

Contact: Kareem R AbdelFattah, MD 2146482523

United States, Texas
Parkland Memorial Hospital Not yet recruiting
Dallas, Texas, United States
Contact: Victoria Warren, RN    214-648-2523      
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Kareem R AbdelFattah, MD UT-Southwestern
Study Director: Victoria Warren, RN UT-Southwestern
  More Information

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Responsible Party: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Identifier: NCT01587261     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: KRA2012
Study First Received: April 23, 2012
Last Updated: April 30, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center:
Vitamin C
Thermal Injury
Fluid Resuscitation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ascorbic Acid
Growth Substances
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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