Effect of Postop Steroids on Cardiovascular/Respiratory Function in Neonates Undergoing Cardiopulmonary Bypass
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Effect of Postoperative Hydrocortisone on Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Neonates Undergoing Cardiopulmonary Bypass|
- Incidence of Low Cardiac Output Syndrome (LCOS) [ Time Frame: first 48 hours after cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) admission post-op ]Low Cardiac Output Syndrome (LCOS) within the first 48 hours after post-operative admission to the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit was used as the primary outcome. This was defined as a double in inotropic support from post-operative admit, requiring Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) support, receiving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or death.
- Mean Number of Days Subjects Alive and Ventilator Free [ Time Frame: up to 28 days post op ]Respiratory variables include such as alive, ventilator free days at 28 days post-op will be used as secondary outcome. The mean number of days subjects were live and ventilator free up to the 28 days after surgery.
- Hospital Length of Stay [ Time Frame: Admit to CICU till hospital discharge, approximately 3 weeks ]The average length of hospital stay from the time the subject is admitted to the CICU post-op until they are discharged will be used as a secondary outcome.
- Changes in Baseline Inflammatory Mediators [ Time Frame: 0, 4,12, 24, and 48 hours post bypass ]Changes in pre-op inflammatory mediators will be assessed at 0, 4, 12, 24 and 48 hours post bypass and used as a secondary outcome.
- Average Inotrope Score [ Time Frame: first 48 hours post-op ]Average inotrope score over first 48 hours after Cardiac Intensive Care Unit admission was used as a secondary outcome. Inotrope Score is calculated based on the dose of inotropes currently infusing at a given time points. The formula for calculation is as follows: Epinephrine/Norepinephrine (mcg/kg/min) dose x100, plus Dopamine/Dobutamine (mcg/kg/min) dose x 1, plus Neosynephrine (mcg/kg/min) dose x10, plus Vasopressin (units/kg/hr) [(dose x60)/10,000] = Inotrope Score. Our institution does not include Milrinone in our inotrope score calculation because every patient receives a continuous infusion in the immediate post-operative period. The higher the inotrope score the more cardiac support the patient is requiring or the worse their cardiac function is becoming.
- Fluid Balance [ Time Frame: 1st 48 hours post-op ]Hemodynamic variable such as total fluid balance within the first 48 hours post-op will be used as a secondary outcome. Fluid balance is a calculation of the overall fluid status for a given time period. The total input (fluid, medications, etc) that are given to a patient during a given time frame (24 hours) minus the total output (urine, stool, drainage, etc. ) that comes out of a patient during a given time frame.
- Changes in Baseline Arterial-venous Oxygen Saturation Difference [ Time Frame: admit to the CICU ]Respiratory values such as changes in baseline arterial-venous oxygen saturation difference at admission to the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit will be used as a secondary outcome.
- Time Until First Extubation [ Time Frame: Until discharge from hospital, approximately 2 weeks ]Respiratory values such as duration of intubation will be used as a secondary outcome.
- CICU Length of Stay [ Time Frame: approximately 1 week ]CICU length of stay will be calculated from the time the subject is admitted to the CICU post-op until they are discharged from the unit. This will be used as a secondary outcome.
- Mortality [ Time Frame: Duration of CICU stay, approximately 1 week ]Subject mortality will in the CICU will be used as a secondary outcome.
- ACTH Stimulation Test [ Time Frame: 24 hours prebypass and 0 hours post-bypass ]AdrenoCorticoTropic Hormone stimulation test will be performed at least 24 hours pre-bypass and immediately after successful discontinuation of bypass and compared. These outcomes will be used as a secondary outcome.
|Study Start Date:||April 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||November 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Placebo Comparator: Normal Saline
The subjects will receive a bolus after successful completion of bypass and the post-pump adrenal corticotrophin hormone (ACTH) stim test equal to a 50mg/m2 dose of Hydrocortisone. This will be followed by a continuous infusion comparable to the rates a Hydrocortisone drip would run at. This infusion will be tapered down over the next 120 hours.
Drug: Normal Saline
This will be bolused and infused in the same manner as the hydrocortisone arm to ensure blinding of study arm.
Other Name: 0.9% Sodium Chloride
Subjects enrolled in this arm of the study will receive a 50mg/m2 bolus of Hydrocortisone after successful completion of CPB and the post-pump ACTH stim test has been performed. This will be followed by a continuous infusion of Hydrocortisone that will be tapered over the next 120 hours.
The drug will be bolused at 50mg/m2 followed by a continuous infusion that will start at 50mg/m2 for the first 48 hours and then be tapered as follows: 40mg/m2/day over 24 hours, 30mg/m2/day over 12 hours, 20 mg/m2/day over 12 hours, 10mg/m2/day over 24 hours, then off.
Other Name: Solu Cortef
Open-heart surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) induces an acute systemic inflammatory response (SIRS) via synthesis and release of inflammatory mediators. These inflammatory cascades may result in the development of capillary leak and generalized tissue edema, which are associated with multiorgan dysfunction involving the myocardium, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, and central nervous system. Neonates are especially susceptible to the injurious effects of SIRS. In attempt to blunt post-bypass SIRS, most neonatal heart programs have protocols in which patients receive preoperative and/or intraoperative steroids. Despite this widespread use, studies have not demonstrated consistent benefit in this therapy, and neonates often continue to suffer the deleterious effects of SIRS postoperatively. Only one study was designed to evaluate the impact of prophylactic postoperative steroid administration on outcomes after neonatal CPB. The early postoperative periods is a crucial time during which attenuation of CPB-induced SIRS by exogenous steroids may lead to improved clinical outcomes.
Adrenal insufficiency in neonates post-CPB may accentuate the harmful effects of SIRS by diminishing the anti-inflammatory and hemodynamic stabilization benefits of endogenous cortisol. Evidence suggests that neonates may suffer from inadequate cortisol activity relative to the severity of illness post-CPB, in part related to immaturity of their hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. This so-called critical illness-related corticosteroids insufficiency (CIRCI) may contribute to low cardiac output syndrome (LCOS), respiratory dysfunction, and capillary leak in the postoperative period.
Much of the support for CIRCI as a contributor to LCOS after CPB originates from small clinical studies that demonstrate benefit of exogenous steroid supplementation on various short term clinical outcomes in patients with shock. Yet it is not clear if benefit from exogenous steroids suggests by dysregulation of the HPA axis or whether these are merely alternative effects of steroids. Investigators have recently begun to describe the cortisol response in neonates post-CPB, but there is no consensus regarding the incidence of clinically important adrenal insufficiency, its identification, or who should receive exogenous steroids.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01595386
|United States, Alabama|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35233|
|Principal Investigator:||Jeffrey Alten, MD||UAB Pediatric Critical Care|