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Epidrum for Thoracic Epidural Analgesia (Epidrum-Tho)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hopital Foch Identifier:
First received: May 5, 2012
Last updated: November 2, 2016
Last verified: November 2016
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the use of the Epidrum device to identify the epidural space in patients requiring thoracic epidural analgesia.

Condition Intervention
Device: Epidural catheter placement
Procedure: Epidural catheter placement

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Comparison Study of Two Different Techniques for Identifying the Epidural Space in Patients Requiring Thoracic Epidural Analgesia: a Prospective Multicentric Randomized Study

Further study details as provided by Hopital Foch:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Ease to identify the epidural space [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
    Number of cases having required more than 2 punctures and number of failures of the technique

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Duration of epidural procedure [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
  • Number of cutaneous punctures [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
  • Number of needle redirections [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
  • Ease of epidural catheter insertion [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
  • Number of inadequate postoperative analgesia [ Time Frame: one day after anesthesia ]
    asymmetric, incomplete or failed analgesia

Enrollment: 46
Study Start Date: April 2013
Study Completion Date: June 2015
Primary Completion Date: June 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Epidrum
Epidrum (Exmoor Innovations, Lisieux Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2LB, U.K.)
Device: Epidural catheter placement
Epidural space is located using Epidrum (Exmoor Innovations, Lisieux Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2LB, U.K.)
Active Comparator: Loss of resistance technique Procedure: Epidural catheter placement
Epidural space is located using loss of resistance technique (saline solution)


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Elective major thoracic surgery requiring thoracic epidural analgesia

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Contraindication to epidural anesthesia
  • Marked spinal deformities or a history of spinal instrumentation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01597466

CHU Marseille
Marseille, France, 13915
Hopital Foch
Suresnes, France, 92151
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hopital Foch
Principal Investigator: Morgan Le Guen, MD Hopital Foch
Study Chair: Marc Fischler, MD Hopital Foch
  More Information

Responsible Party: Hopital Foch Identifier: NCT01597466     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012/01
2012-A00083-40 ( Other Identifier: ANSM )
Study First Received: May 5, 2012
Last Updated: November 2, 2016 processed this record on April 28, 2017