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Strategy of UltraProtective Lung Ventilation With Extracorporeal CO2 Removal for New-Onset Moderate to seVere ARDS (SUPERNOVA)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 4, 2014
Last Update Posted : August 4, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
European Society of Intensive Care Medicine

Brief Summary:
Pathophysiological, experimental and clinical data suggest that an '"ultraprotective" mechanical ventilation strategy may further reduce VILI and ARDS-associated morbidity and mortality. Severe hypercapnia induced by VT reduction in this setting might be efficiently controlled by ECCO2R devices. A proof-of-concept study conducted on a limited number of ARDS cases indicated that ECCO2R allowing VT reduction to 3.5-5 ml/kg to achieve Pplat<25 cm H2O may further reduce VILI.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Moderate Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Device: ECCO2R will be initiated during the 2-hour run-in time Other: Neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBA) Device: Ventilation Other: Level of carbon dioxide released at the end of expiration Other: Respiratory Rate Other: Sweep gas flow Other: Ventilation will be adapted Other: Respiratory rate will be adapted Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Over the past few decades, highly significant progress has been made in understanding the pathophysiology of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Recognition of ventilation-induced lung injuries (VILI) has led to the radical modification of the ventilatory management of these patients. The landmark trial by the ARDSnet trial group demonstrated in 2000 that ventilating ARDS patients with a low tidal volume (VT) of 6 ml/kg (calculated from predicted body weight), and with a maximum end-inspiratory plateau pressure (Pplat) of 30 cmH2O decreased mortality from 39.8% (in the conventional arm treated with a VT of 12 ml/kg PBW) to 31% . However, recent studies have shown that lung hyperinflation still occurs in approximately 30% of ARDS patients even though they are being ventilated using the ARDSNet strategy. Additionally, Hager and coworkers found that mortality decreased as Pplat declined from high to low levels at all levels of Pplat on the data collected by the "ARDSNet" trial group. Their analysis suggested a beneficial effect of VT reduction even for patients who already had Pplat<30 cm H2O before VT reduction.Similar observation was also recently reported by Needham et al on a cohort of 485 patients with ARDS. Because VT reduction to <6 ml/kg to achieve very low Pplat may induce severe hypercapnia and may cause elevated intracranial pressure, pulmonary hypertension, decreased myocardial contractility, decreased renal blood flow, and the release of endogenous catecholamines, this strategy using "ultraprotective" MV settings is not possible for most patients on conventional mechanical ventilation for moderate to severe ARDS.

Extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2R) may be used in association with mechanical ventilation to permit VT reduction to <6 ml/kg and to achieve very low Pplat (20-25 cm H2O). In an observational study conducted in the 80's, Gattinoni showed that use of venovenous ECCO2R at a flow of 1.5-2.5 l/min in addition to quasi apneic mechanical ventilation with peak inspiratory pressures limited to 35-45 cmH2O and PEEP set at 15-25 cmH2O resulted in lower than expected mortality in an observational cohort of severe ARDS patients. However, a randomized, controlled single-center study using that same technology and conducted in the 1990s by Morris's group in Utah was stopped early for futility after only 40 patients had been enrolled and failed to demonstrate a mortality benefit with this device (58% in the control group vs. 70% in the treatment group).

In recent years, new-generation ECCO2R devices have been developed. They offer lower resistance to blood flow, have small priming volumes and have much more effective gas exchange. With ECCO2R the patient's PaCO2 is principally determined by the rate of fresh gas flow through the membrane lung. In an ECCO2R animal model, CO2 removal averaged 72±1.2 mL/min at blood flows of 450 mL/min, while CO2 production by the lung decreased by 50% with reduction of minute ventilation from 5.6 L/min at baseline to 2.6 L/min after insertion of the device. Lastly, Terragni et al (15)demonstrated that ECCO2R could improve pulmonary protection by allowing very low tidal volume ventilation (3.5-5 ml/kg of PBW) in a proof-of-concept study of ten patients with ARDS. This strategy was also associated with a significant decrease in pulmonary inflammatory biomarkers.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 95 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Feasibility and Safety Study on Low-flow Extracorporeal CO2 Removal in Patients With Moderate ARDS to Enhance Lung Protective Ventilation
Study Start Date : November 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : July 30, 2017

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: One single arm
Procedure: Baseline ventilator settings will be established per the EXPRESS protocol: VT = 6 mL/kg (ideal body weight); inspiratory flow will be set at 50-70 L/min resulting in an end-inspiratory pause of 0.2-0.5 sec, I:E ratio 1:1 to 1:3, PEEP set so that the plateau pressure (Pplat), measured during the end-inspiratory pause of 0.2 to 0.5 s, will be within the following limits: 28 cm H2O ≤ Pplat ≤ 30 cm H2O; Set RR to 20-35 to maintain approximately the same minute ventilation as before study initiation. Baseline ventilator settings will be maintained for a 2-hour run-in time (time to setup ECCO2R devices). Use heated humidifiers for gas humidification and minimize instrumental dead space. ECCO2R will be initiated during the 2-hour run-in time. Neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBA) will be used. EtCO2 will be monitored. RR will be kept what it was at Baseline. Sweep gas flow will be adapted. Ventilation will be adapted. Respiratory rate will be adapted.
Device: ECCO2R will be initiated during the 2-hour run-in time

A single (15.5 to 19 Fr) veno-venous ECCO2R catheter will be inserted percutaneously (jugular vein strongly suggested).

Catheters should be rinsed with heparinized saline solution before insertion Once the catheter has been inserted each line will be filled with an heparinized saline solution before its connection to the extracorporeal circuit The ECCO2R circuit will be connected to the catheter and blood flow set, depending on the device, up to 1000 mL/min.

Initially, sweep gas flow through the ECCO2R device will be set at zero (0 LPM) such as to not initiate CO2 removal through the device.

Anticoagulation will be maintained with unfractionated heparin to a target aPTT of 1.5 - 2.0X baseline. A bolus of heparin is suggested at the time of cannulation.

Other: Neuromuscular blocking agents (NMBA)
Patients will receive NMBA starting in the run-in period and continued for the first 24 hours and thereafter will be directed by the attending physician

Device: Ventilation
Following the 2-hour run-in time, VT will be reduced gradually to 5 mL/kg. Sweep gas initiated then VT decreased to 4.5 then 4 mL/kg and PEEP adjusted to reach 23 ≤ Pplat ≤ 25 cm H2O.

Other: Level of carbon dioxide released at the end of expiration
EtCO2 will be monitored for safety purposes. Blood gases will be analyzed 20-30 minutes after each VT reduction

Other: Respiratory Rate
RR will be kept what it was at baseline

Other: Sweep gas flow
Sweep gas flow will be adapted to maintain the same EtCO2

Other: Ventilation will be adapted
If PaCO2> 75 mmHg and/or pH < 7.2, despite respiratory rate of 35/min and optimized ECCO2R, VT will be increased to the last previously tolerated VT.

Other: Respiratory rate will be adapted
If PaCO2 remains within the target range, respiratory rate will be progressively decreased to a minimum of 15/ min and facilitated by increases in sweep flow.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Achievement of VT reduction to 4 mL/kg while maintaining pH and PaCO2 to ± 20% of baseline values obtained at VT of 6 mL/kg. [ Time Frame: maximum 28 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Assessment of the changes in pH/ PaO2 /PaCO2 [ Time Frame: maximum 28 days ]
    Assessment of the changes in pH/ PaO2 /PaCO2

  2. Device CO2 clearance in the first 24 hours of ECCO2R [ Time Frame: maximum 28 days ]
    device CO2 clearance in the first 24 hours of ECCO2R following VT reduction from 6 mL/kg to 4 ml/kg.

  3. Amount of CO2 removed by the ECCO2R device [ Time Frame: maximum 28 days ]
    During the first 12 hours (every hour) Thereafter at least twice daily at 08:00 ± 2 hours and 20:00 ± 2 hours.

  4. Evaluation of lung recruitment/derecruitment (FRC measurement by the ventilator, ECHO-LUS…) [ Time Frame: maximum 28 days ]
  5. The frequency of serious adverse events (SAE). [ Time Frame: maximum 28 days ]
    Examples of adverse events that are expected in the course of ARDS include transient hypoxemia, agitation, delirium, nosocomial infections, intolerance of gastric feeding, or skin breakdown. Such events, which are often the focus of prevention efforts as part of usual ICU care, will not be considered reportable adverse events unless the event is considered by the investigator to be associated ECCO2-R, or events that are unexpectedly severe or frequent for an individual patient with ALI (Acute Lung Injury).

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Mechanical ventilation with expected duration of >24h
  • Moderate ARDS according to the Berlin definition(16) PaO2/FiO2: 200-100 mmHg, with PEEP ≥ 5 cmH2O

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age <18 years
  • Pregnancy
  • Decompensated heart insufficiency or acute coronary syndrome
  • Severe COPD
  • Major respiratory acidosis PaCO2>60 mmHg
  • Acute brain injury
  • Severe liver insufficiency (Child-Pugh scores >7) or fulminant hepatic failure
  • Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
  • Contraindication for systemic anticoagulation
  • Patient moribund, decision to limit therapeutic interventions
  • Catheter access to femoral vein or jugular vein impossible
  • Pneumothorax
  • Platelet <50 G/l

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02282657

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selected ICUs for the pilot phase
Different Locations and Several Countries, Belgium
Sponsors and Collaborators
European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
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Principal Investigator: Alain COMBES, PhD La pitié-Salpétrière Hospital
Principal Investigator: Marco RANIERI, PhD University of Turin S.Giovanni Battista Molinette Hospital
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Responsible Party: European Society of Intensive Care Medicine Identifier: NCT02282657    
Other Study ID Numbers: SUPERNOVA
First Posted: November 4, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 4, 2017
Last Verified: August 2017
Keywords provided by European Society of Intensive Care Medicine:
CO2 removal
Protective ventilation
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult
Acute Lung Injury
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiration Disorders
Infant, Premature, Diseases
Infant, Newborn, Diseases
Lung Injury
Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
Neuromuscular Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs