ET50 With Fentanyl for Post Caesarean Section Spinal Hypotension (ET-50-Fent)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified June 2014 by McGill University Health Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Albert Moore, McGill University Health Center Identifier:
First received: July 2, 2013
Last updated: June 20, 2014
Last verified: June 2014
Hypotension is extremely common after induction of spinal anesthesia for cesarean delivery. Anesthetic blockade of the sympathetic outflow of the spinal cord causes vasodilation, and is one cause of this hypotension. The higher the spread of the blockade will result in a higher incidence of hypotension. Injected hyperbaric medication has about 15 minutes to spread within the intrathecal space before it will be taken up by the nerve roots. The time that a patient remains in one position after medication injection will affect the spread of the resultant anesthetic block. A patient who is left sitting for a longer period of time after injection of hyperbaric medication will have a lower level of block than someone who is placed supine immediately. In this study, the investigators wish to use up down sequential analysis to determine the time period a patient should remain seated after intrathecal injection of hyperbaric bupivacaine and fentanyl that will result in a 50% rate of hypotension.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Bupivacaine with 15 micrograms of fentanyl
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Time Required to Remain Sitting After Spinal Anesthesia With Fentanyl for 50% of Patients to Not Experience Hypotension.

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Sitting time to avoid hypotension [ Time Frame: one hour ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Sitting time required to avoid a drop of 20% of patient's baseline blood pressure or symptoms of hypotension in 50% of patients

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain occurence [ Time Frame: One hour ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: July 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 2 ml Bupivacaine
2 ml Bupivacaine with 15 micrograms of fentanyl
Drug: Bupivacaine with 15 micrograms of fentanyl
Testing 2 doses of Bupivacaine (12.5 mg and 15 mg) with 15 micrograms fentanyl
Active Comparator: 1.5 ml Bupivacaine
1.5 ml Bupivacaine with 15 micrograms of fentanyl
Drug: Bupivacaine with 15 micrograms of fentanyl
Testing 2 doses of Bupivacaine (12.5 mg and 15 mg) with 15 micrograms fentanyl

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients 18 years or older, presenting for scheduled cesarean delivery to the C7 birthing centre.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to communicate in English or French
  • Multiple gestations
  • Patients with hypertension
  • Patients with contraindications to any drug or techniques used in the study
  • BMI > 35
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01896960

Contact: Aly Elbahrawy, MD

Canada, Quebec
Royal Victoria Hospital Recruiting
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Contact: Albert Moore, MD   
Sponsors and Collaborators
McGill University Health Center
Principal Investigator: Albert Moore, MD McGill
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Responsible Party: Albert Moore, Assistant Professor, McGill University Health Center Identifier: NCT01896960     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12-273-SDR 
Study First Received: July 2, 2013
Last Updated: June 20, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by McGill University Health Center:
Post spinal hypotension
Cesarian Section

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Adjuvants, Anesthesia
Analgesics, Opioid
Anesthetics, General
Anesthetics, Intravenous
Anesthetics, Local
Central Nervous System Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
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