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Comparison of Two Strategies to Realize Apnea Test for the Diagnostic of Brain Death in Potential Organ Donors (CPAPNEE STUDY)

This study has been completed.
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Poitiers University Hospital Identifier:
First received: July 23, 2012
Last updated: October 10, 2016
Last verified: October 2016

July 23, 2012
October 10, 2016
July 2013
December 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility to donor lung harvest
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01649726 on Archive Site
  • Level of hypoxemia
  • Arterial blood gas after th apnea test
  • Rate of ventilatory disorder
  • Rate of cardiocirculatory disorder
  • Rate of apnea test interruption
  • Number of lung transplantation realization
Same as current
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Comparison of Two Strategies to Realize Apnea Test for the Diagnostic of Brain Death in Potential Organ Donors (CPAPNEE STUDY)
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Clinical diagnostic of brain death requires a non-reactive coma, absence of brain stem reflex, and absence of spontaneous breathing. The confirmation of absence of spontaneous breathing is established the apnea test (according to the American Academy of Neurology's Guidelines). However this test may lead to complications (acute hypoxemia, ventilatory and cardiocirculatory disorders) and reduces significantly the number of lung transplants. Some data suggest modifying the apnea test : replace the ventilator switching off with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) use. These studies showed that this alternative method (CPAP) increased the level of lung harvest but they were not sufficient because these studies were monocentric, non randomized and with little patients,. That why the aim of the present study is to compare the standard strategy and CPAP strategy with a prospective, multicenter, randomized study.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Alternative Method of Apnea Test
  • Procedure: Apnea test - control
  • Procedure: Apnea test - CPAP
  • Standard strategy
    Apnea test according to recommendations
    Intervention: Procedure: Apnea test - control
  • Experimental: CPAP strategy
    Apnea test with CPAP connection
    Intervention: Procedure: Apnea test - CPAP
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December 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age : from 18 to 70 years
  • Neurological signs evoking cerebral ischemia

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe hypoxemia (PaO2/FiO2 < 200) with controlled ventilation (FiO2: 100%)
  • Hypothermia < 36°C
  • Obesity (BMI ≥ 40) with documented hypopnoea
  • Intractable hypotension despite optimal filling and catecholamine doses > 1µg.Kg.min
  • Patients with contraindication for organs harvesting.
  • Documented chronic respiratory failure
  • Progressive infectious acute respiratory disease
  • Family opposition to subject's participation in the study
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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Poitiers University Hospital
Poitiers University Hospital
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Poitiers University Hospital
October 2016

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