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Preoperative Patient Warming for Prevention of Perioperative Hypothermia in Major Abdominal Surgery (THER-6)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
PD Dr. Jan Hoecker, University of Schleswig-Holstein
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01795482
First received: February 18, 2013
Last updated: December 15, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
  Purpose

The study should evaluate how long patients undergoing major abdominal surgery under combined general/epidural anaesthesia have to be actively warmed preoperatively to prevent perioperative hypothermia and postoperative shivering. 99 patients will receive forced-air skin-surface warming for different duration. Body temperature will be measured at the tympanic membrane. The investigators hypothesize that active warming before starting the epidural anaesthesia will decrease the incidence of perioperative hypothermia.


Condition Intervention
Preoperative Warming
Prewarming
Perioperative Hypothermia
General Anaesthesia
Epidural Anaesthesia
Temperature Monitoring
Device: Forced-air warming

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Preoperative Patient Warming in the Prevention of Perioperative Hypothermia in Major Abdominal Surgery Under Combined General/Epidural Anaesthesia

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Further study details as provided by University of Schleswig-Holstein:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Incidence of hypothermic patients at arrival at PACU [ Time Frame: 2 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    After the operation patients will be admitted to the PACU. Here, body temperature will be assessed and the incidence of hypothermic patients (body temperature < 36°C)will be measured.


Enrollment: 99
Study Start Date: January 2013
Study Completion Date: August 2014
Primary Completion Date: August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Group 2, Prewarming only before general anaesthesia
Active forced-air warming for 15 min after completion of epidural anaesthesia / before start of general anaesthesia. Continued active forced-air warming after induction of general anaesthesia until operation is finished (intraoperatively). Application of warmed infusions (41 °C).
Device: Forced-air warming
In the intervention groups a forced-air cover (Level 1 Snuggle Warm Upper Body Blanket, Smiths Medicals) will be positioned over the patients sitting or laying on the operating table for 15 min before start of epidural anaesthesia and afterwards till start of general anaesthesia (group 3), for 15 min before start of general anaesthesia (group 2) or only after induction of general anaesthesia (group 1, control). All patients will receive forced-air warming after induction of general anaesthesia till end of surgery.
Other Names:
  • Level 1 Snuggle Warm Upper Body Blanket
  • Forced-air warming blower
Experimental: Group 3, Prewarming before epidural and general anaesthesia
Active forced-air warming for 15 min before start of epidural anaesthesia and for 15 min after completion of epidural anaesthesia / before start of general anaesthesia. Continued active forced-air warming after induction of general anaesthesia until operation is finished (intraoperatively). Application of warmed infusions (41 °C).
Device: Forced-air warming
In the intervention groups a forced-air cover (Level 1 Snuggle Warm Upper Body Blanket, Smiths Medicals) will be positioned over the patients sitting or laying on the operating table for 15 min before start of epidural anaesthesia and afterwards till start of general anaesthesia (group 3), for 15 min before start of general anaesthesia (group 2) or only after induction of general anaesthesia (group 1, control). All patients will receive forced-air warming after induction of general anaesthesia till end of surgery.
Other Names:
  • Level 1 Snuggle Warm Upper Body Blanket
  • Forced-air warming blower
No Intervention: Group 1, control group
No active warming before start of epidural or general anaesthesia, active forced-air warming after induction of general anaesthesia until operation is finished (intraoperatively). Application of warmed infusions (41 °C).

Detailed Description:

The aim of our study is to evaluate the performance of different durations of active preoperative skin-surface warming (prewarming) to prevent perioperative hypothermia in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery under combined general/epidural anaesthesia. The investigators plan to enroll 99 patients in 3 groups. Body temperature will be measured at the tympanic membrane. The investigators hypothesize that active warming before starting the epidural anaesthesia will decrease the incidence of perioperative hypothermia.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age over 18 years
  • planned duration of surgery > 2 hours
  • planned for elective major abdominal surgery under combined epidural/general anaesthesia
  • written informed consent
  • American society of anesthesiologists status 1-3

Exclusion Criteria:

  • duration of surgery < 90 min
  • withdrawal of consent
  • emergency surgery
  Contacts and Locations
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Locations
Germany
University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 24105
Klinikum Pinneberg Klinik für Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin und OP-Management
Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 25421
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Schleswig-Holstein
Investigators
Study Chair: Jan Hoecker, M.D. University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: PD Dr. Jan Hoecker, Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology, University of Schleswig-Holstein
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01795482     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: THER-6
Study First Received: February 18, 2013
Last Updated: December 15, 2014
Health Authority: Germany: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Keywords provided by University of Schleswig-Holstein:
perioperative hypothermia
prewarming
preoperative warming
general anaesthesia
epidural anaesthesia
temperature measurement

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypothermia
Body Temperature Changes
Signs and Symptoms
Anesthetics
Central Nervous System Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on February 27, 2015