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Tight Glycemic Control With Intensive Insulin Therapy in PICU

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2011 by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Greet Van den Berghe, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Identifier:
First received: September 19, 2005
Last updated: August 24, 2011
Last verified: August 2011
In a previous study, the investigators showed that tight blood glucose control with insulin during intensive care reduced morbidity and mortality in adult intensive care patients. Whether this intervention also improves prognosis of pediatric intensive care patients remains unknown. The current prospective, randomized, controlled study will asses the impact of intensive insulin therapy on outcome of patients in a pediatric intensive care unit. On admission patients will be randomly assigned to either strict normalization of blood glucose according age adjusted values or the conventional approach, in which insulin infusion is initiated only when blood glucose exceeds 215 mg/dl to maintain blood glucose levels between 180-200 mg/dl.

Condition Intervention Phase
Critical Illness
Drug: intensive insulin therapy (Actrapid IV to normoglycemia)
Drug: conventional insulin therapy (Actrapid IV only for excessive hyperglycemia)
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: KULeuven Intensive Insulin Study in Pediatric Intensive Care Patients

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Further study details as provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction of inflammation [ Time Frame: during ICU stay to day 5 ]
  • duration of dependency on intensive care (days in ICU) [ Time Frame: time in ICU ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Duration mechanical ventilation [ Time Frame: during time in ICU ]
  • Organ failure/need for organ support [ Time Frame: during time in ICU ]
  • mortality (safety endpoint) [ Time Frame: during time in ICU ]
  • long-term follow-up study : focus on neurocognitive development (ethical approval granted) [ Time Frame: 3 years (+/- 6 months) after randomization ]

Enrollment: 700
Study Start Date: October 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2012
Primary Completion Date: February 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: A
conventional insulin therapy (using Actrapid IV)
Drug: conventional insulin therapy (Actrapid IV only for excessive hyperglycemia)
conventional insulin therapy (Actrapid IV in continuous infusion only to treat blood glucose levels exceeding 220 mg/dl)
Other Name: Actrapid IV only for excessive hyperglycemia
Experimental: B
intensive insulin therapy (using actrapid IV)
Drug: intensive insulin therapy (Actrapid IV to normoglycemia)
intensive insulin therapy (Actrapid IV in continuous infusion to age-dependent normoglycemia)
Other Name: Actrapid IV to normoglycemia

Detailed Description:

Study type: Interventional study

Study design: single centre, prospective, randomized, active control, parallel assignment, efficacy study


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit and anticipated to require intensive care for at least 24 hours

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Expected stay < 24 hours
  • Therapy restriction upon admission
  • No informed consent
  • Other study enrollment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00214916

Dep Intensive Care Medicine University Hospital Leuven
Leuven, Belgium, 3000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Greet Van den Berghe
Study Director: Greet Van den Berghe, MD,PhD Catholic University Leuven
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):

Responsible Party: Greet Van den Berghe, Head of Dept Intensive Care Medicine, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Identifier: NCT00214916     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PICU-insulin study
Study First Received: September 19, 2005
Last Updated: August 24, 2011

Keywords provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven:
Tight glycemic control with
intensive insulin treatment
versus conventional glycemic control
in infant or child in ICU

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Critical Illness
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Insulin, Globin Zinc
Hypoglycemic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on May 23, 2017