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Cardiopulmonary Circuits in the Pediatric Population

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Brian Kogon, Emory University Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: November 25, 2013
Last verified: November 2013

During open-heart surgery, blood flow is supported by a heart-lung machine that both pumps the blood and gives it oxygen. A problem associated with a heart-lung machine is the damage to some of the blood caused by protein in the blood cell sticking to the sides of the heart-lung machine tubing. This breakdown of the blood cell affects the platelets, which help the blood to clot. Use of the un-treated circuit will be phased out within the next few years, as newer technology is available. The use of coated tubing has been shown to decrease problems with post-operative bleeding in the adult population. No studies have been done on the pediatric population. We plan to perform a prospective, randomized study using the un-treated circuits used now, the " Smart" circuit tubing manufactured by Cobe Cardiovascular Inc., Arvada, CO and the PMEA circuit manufactured by Terumo Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. Randomization will be performed by the perfusionist (the person that runs the heart-lung machine) in charge of the case. No one else will be aware of which circuit is being used. There will be no changes in the operation of the heart-lung machine, anesthesia or the surgery because of this study.

Blood testing that is standard of care and some additional tests will be performed on a small amount of blood drawn from. the patient via arterial lines. Additional blood sticks will not be required to obtain this sample.

Condition Intervention
Cardiac Surgery
Device: PC/SMART cardiopulmonary bypass circuit
Device: PMEA modified cardiopulmonary bypass circuit
Device: Standard of care uncoated cardiopulmonary bypass circuit

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prospective Evaluation of Modified Cardiopulmonary Bypass Circuits in the Pediatric Population

Further study details as provided by Emory University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Decrease in platelet activation, platelet sequestration and fibrinolysis.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Decrease in post-operative coagulopathy as measured by bleeding and blood product use.

Estimated Enrollment: 90
Study Start Date: May 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2005
Detailed Description:

The goal of this study is to compare the PC/SMART and PMEA treated circuits against each other and the current clinical standard (untreated) circuit with regard to blood component damage during CPB.

Specific Aims SA1: To determine if the surface modified circuits decrease platelet activation, platelet sequestration, and fibrinolysis during pediatric cardiac surgery using CPB.

Hypothesis 1: Use of a surface modified circuit will attenuate the CPB related decrease in platelet count, diminish platelet dysfunction as measured by thromboelastography (TEG), and decrease fibrinolysis as measured by fibrin-split product levels and TEG.

SA2: To determine whether the use of surface modified circuits during pediatric cardiac surgery results in a clinically relevant decrease in post-operative coagulopathy as measured by post-operative bleeding and blood product use.

Hypothesis 2: The use of surface modified circuits will result in improved function of the coagulation system yielding less post-operative bleeding and thus fewer blood product transfusions.

Methods The study will be a prospective, randomized trial in which a total of 90 patients (5-10 kgs) undergoing first time cardiac surgery using CPB at Egleston Hospital will be randomized into 3 groups. Group 1 will be the control group for whom the current standard unmodified CPB circuit will be used. Group 2 will undergo surgery using the PC/SMART modified CPB circuit (Cobe Cardiovascular Inc, Arvada, CO). Group 3 will undergo surgery using the PMEA modified circuit (Terumo Corporation, Tokyo, Japan).

Hypothesis 1 will be tested using the following assays:

Total platelet count Hematocrit Prothrombin time (PT) Activated thromboplastin time (aPTT) Fibrin split-product level D-dimer level thromboglobulin level (ELISA assay) Thromboelastography (TEG) using heparinase (to eliminate heparin effect) both with and without REOPRO (a GPIIb/IIIa platelet inhibitor) to measure the relative contributions of platelet function and fibrinogen activity to clot formation

Performed at the following time-points:

T1 = after induction of anesthesia, prior to CPB T2 = 5 minutes after the initiation of CPB T3 = at the end of re-warming (end of CPB) T4 = post-bypass (five minutes after protamine administration) T5 = within 24 hours after surgery (TEG will not be collected at this time)

Hypothesis 2 will be tested by quantifying chest-tube drainage and blood product administration (red blood cells, platelets, fresh frozen plasma, and cryoprecipitate) over the first 12 hours after weaning off of CPB.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients electively scheduled for first time cardiac surgery requiring cardiopulmonary bypass
  • weight between 5 kg and 10 kg
  • signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients requiring emergent cardiac surgery
  • patients who have undergone prior cardiothoracic surgery
  • documented coagulation disorders
  • use of anticoagulant drugs or anti-platelet agents within 48 hours of surgery
  • patients who require more than 4 hours of CPB or require a return to CPB
  • informed consent not obtained.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00208728

United States, Georgia
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
Principal Investigator: Paul Kirshbom, MD Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta