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PluroGel on Wounds of Mixed Etiology

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03275831
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Business decision)
First Posted : September 8, 2017
Last Update Posted : October 20, 2021
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Medline Industries

Brief Summary:
A randomized controlled study (RCT) to investigate the topical effectiveness of PluroGel in healing venous and mixed aetiology leg ulcers. Patients with venous and mixed aetiology leg ulcers will be identified from hospital outpatient clinics. Willing patients meeting the inclusion and exclusion criteria will be consented and assessed in line with standard care. Participants will be randomized at Week 2 to receive either topical PluroGel or Intrasite gel (an alternative topical hydrogel product) if inclusion criteria is met.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Venous Ulcer Arterial Ulcer Device: PluroGel Device: Intrasite gel Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
This will be a pilot, randomized, controlled, multi-center trial to determine the effectiveness of PluroGel in the reduction of size of wounds and reduction of slough covering the wound surface compared with Intrasite Gel. The primary objectives will be to evaluate the effectiveness of PluroGel compared with Intrasite Gel in the reduction of size of venous leg ulcers or mixed venous arterial aetiology. Also the reduction in the percentage of slough covering the wound bed in both groups will be compared. The secondary objective will be to evaluate patient comfort, satisfaction and acceptance of the hydrogels along with staff feedback of both hydrogels. Patients with either a venous leg ulcer (VLU) or an mixed venous arterial aetiology (MAU) leg ulcer will be identified by the participant's health care provider and will be treated with PluroGel or Intrasite Gel. A total of 40 subjects will be enrolled to the study, 20 to each arm. These subjects will be recruited from patients receiving treatment for wounds at NHS outpatient clinic. Participants will be approached initially by the NHS care-giver and asked if interested in participating in research. If interested, participants will be asked to sign a permission to contact form for contact details to be given to a member of the research team who would then contact the participant to provide further information. A screening log will be kept of all patients who have been considered but who do not fulfill the criteria for entry. Patients will be randomized to either Plurogel and standard care or Intrasite Gel in conjunction with standard care, on an equal basis. Subjects will be eligible for randomization if during the first two weeks within the study the target wound has not reduced in surface area by 30% or more and there has been a less than 25% reduction in the cover of the wound bed with visible slough. Once the subject has completed 4-weeks of treatment, and the final visit, or the target ulcer has healed, whichever is soonest, then the subject has completed the study and the termination form will be completed. The Investigator will ensure that all CRF forms are completed and accurate. The study end date will be the date of the last subject's last visit. The CI and study sponsor, will comply with any safety reporting obligations for serious adverse device related events to the manufacturer, study sponsor, R&D Department(s) of the University Health Board(s) and the Ethics Committee, as defined in the applicable laws and regulations, and within the required timelines.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 16 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study to Investigate the Efficacy of PluroGel in Healing Venous and Mixed Aetiology Leg Ulcers
Actual Study Start Date : January 8, 2018
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 5, 2021
Actual Study Completion Date : October 5, 2021

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Intrasite Gel
Intrasite Gel is an effective method for hydrating dry necrotic and sloughy wounds. It is an amorphous gel that contains 85% water, and gently increases the moisture level within the wound, encouraging moist wound healing through autolytic debridement.
Device: Intrasite gel

Experimental: PluroGel Burn and Wound Dressing
PluroGel contains a surfactant-based cleanser to assist wound debridement and cleansing
Device: PluroGel
Surfactant based gel

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in wound size [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    Comparison of change in wound surface area (cm2) over a 4 week assessment between baseline and final assessment in PluroGel treated group compared to Intrasite treated group.

  2. Change in average percent reduction of slough in wound bed over 4 week treatment [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    Comparison of change in average percent reduction of slough present in the wound bed observed at baseline and over 4 week treatment period in PluroGel treated group compared to Intrasite treated group

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient evaluation [ Time Frame: Up to 6 weeks ]
    Survey questions to report adherence to protocol of care, comfort, comparison with previous treatments, level of patient discomfort and pain during use of either PluroGel or Intrasite

  2. Staff evaluation [ Time Frame: Up to 6 weeks ]
    Survey to record staff feedback including ease of application and removal of both PluroGel and the comparator Intrasite.

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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:

  • Patients aged ≥ 18 years old
  • Patients with a non-healing venous leg ulcer or mixed aetiology ulcer.
  • Duration of wound ≥ 6 weeks ≤ 5 years
  • Wound is ≥ 1 cm2 ≤ 100cm2 no length longer than 10cm
  • Presence of at least 25% visible slough within the wound bed
  • The patient must be able to understand the study and provide written informed consent
  • No clinical signs of infection

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known hypersensitivity to any of the wound dressings or compression bandaging to be used in the trial
  • Current local or systemic antibiotics in the week prior to inclusion
  • Clinically infected wound as determined by the presence of 3 or more of the following clinical signs: perilesional erythema, pain between two dressing changes, malodorous wound, abundant exudate and oedema.
  • Prolonged treatment with immunosuppressive agents or high dose corticosteroids
  • Patients who have a current illness or condition which may interfere with wound healing in the last 30 days (carcinoma, connective tissue disease, autoimmune disease or alcohol or drug abuse)
  • Patients who have participated in a clinical trial on wound healing within the past month
  • Patients with a known history of non-adherence with medical treatment

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03275831

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United Kingdom
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Newport, South Wales, United Kingdom, NP20 4SZ
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, CF14 4XN
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medline Industries
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Responsible Party: Medline Industries Identifier: NCT03275831    
Other Study ID Numbers: R17-006
WWIC/2016/02 ( Other Identifier: Welsh Wound Innovation Centre )
First Posted: September 8, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 20, 2021
Last Verified: October 2021
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Varicose Ulcer
Pathologic Processes
Varicose Veins
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Leg Ulcer
Skin Ulcer
Skin Diseases