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Sequestration of Platelets Prior to Bypass Reduces Bleeding After Cardiac Surgery

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: NCT00359398
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Funding expired, low recruitment)
First Posted : August 2, 2006
Last Update Posted : April 14, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Brief Summary:
Excessive bleeding is common after cardiac surgery. This may result in patients receiving a blood transfusion or suffering the life-threatening complication of cardiac tamponade. Tamponade is when excessive bleeding compresses the heart and prevents it from pumping properly. A major reason for the bleeding is the damage done to platelets by the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) machine. Often patients receive platelets and plasma from blood donors to try to reduce the bleeding post-operatively. The investigators plan to take platelets and plasma from patients before they are damaged. They would then return these 'undamaged' sequestered platelets to the patients after the bypass machine is no longer needed. Therefore, the investigators' primary question is whether platelet sequestration would reduce the bleeding problems that occur following cardiac surgery. They will evaluate bleeding problems using thromboelastography, which provides a comprehensive assessment of both how blood clots form and their strength. If sequestration reduces bleeding problems following cardiac surgery then it may reduce the chance of patients receiving blood products from donors. Although donated blood is thoroughly tested, its use does expose patients to the risk of transfusion errors, blood borne infections and reactions. Avoiding its use would be very desirable.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cardiac Surgical Procedures Cardiopulmonary Bypass Blood Platelet Disorders Blood Coagulation Disorders Procedure: Platelet rich plasma sequestration Phase 2

Detailed Description:


Patients undergoing repeat median sternotomy or requiring prolonged cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) often develop a coagulopathy at the end of surgery. We propose sequestering plasma and platelets from these patients prior to CPB and thus prior to the dilution and platelet damage that occurs with CPB. We hypothesise that if these plasma and platelets are stored properly during CPB, and administered at the end of the operation, they will reduce any coagulopathy and the associated bleeding.

Study population:

Patients undergoing repeat median sternotomy, mitral valve repair, double valve operations, aortic surgery, or combined valve and coronary artery surgery.

Exclusion criteria will include those with anaemia, thrombocytopenia, unstable angina, anti-platelet therapy within the previous seven days, known or symptomatic cerebrovascular disease, known disorders of haemostasis, aprotinin sensitivity and pregnancy.


Patients will be randomised by a closed envelope technique to receive platelet/plasma sequestration or not. Patients randomised to undergo sequestration will have 14 mL/Kg blood taken. The blood will be separated into red cells and platelets/plasma. Anaemia would be prevented by returning the processed red blood cells to the patient. We will store platelets at 20-24°C/room temperature on a platelet rocker according to guidelines from the National Blood Service.

Assessment of coagulation:

Patients' coagulation status will be evaluated before and after surgery. Four methods will be employed to comprehensively assess the coagulation system: platelet counts and conventional clotting studies; heparin levels; thromboelastography; and platelet function analyser.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Post-operative Administration of Platelet Rich Plasma Sequestered Prior to Cardiopulmonary Bypass Reduces the Coagulopathy Associated With Complex Cardiac Surgery
Study Start Date : August 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2009

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MedlinePlus related topics: Heart Surgery

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Platelet sequestration
Sequestration of platelet rich plasma before cardiopulmonary bypass
Procedure: Platelet rich plasma sequestration
Venesection of blood (14 ml/kg) and separation to red cells and platelet rich plasma.
Other Name: Haemonetics cell salavage system

No Intervention: Standard care
No platelet rich plasma sequestration undertaken before cardiopulmonary bypass (usual practice)

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of coagulation abnormalities as assessed by thromboelastography and platelet function analyser [ Time Frame: At end of surgery (usually <1 day) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Volume of blood lost into chest drains during first 24 post-operative hours [ Time Frame: 24 hours ]
  2. Volume of blood product administered during first 24 post-operative hours [ Time Frame: 24 hours ]
  3. Length of stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) [ Time Frame: Usually < 30 days ]
  4. ICU mortality [ Time Frame: Usually < 30 days ]
  5. Incidence of surgical re-exploration [ Time Frame: Hospital admission (usually < 30 days) ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery that involves:

  • Repeat median sternotomy
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Double valve operations
  • Combined valve and coronary surgery
  • Anticipated prolonged cardiopulmonary bypass

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pre-operative anaemia
  • Pre-operative thrombocytopenia
  • Unstable angina
  • Anti-platelet therapy (e.g. aspirin, clopidogrel) within the previous 7 days
  • Known or symptomatic cerebrovascular disease
  • Known disorders of haemostasis
  • Aprotinin sensitivity
  • Pregnancy.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00359398

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United Kingdom
Royal Brompton Hospital
London, United Kingdom, SW3 6LY
Sponsors and Collaborators
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
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Principal Investigator: Simon J Finney, MBChB, PhD Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Principal Investigator: Andrea Kelleher, MBBS Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Principal Investigator: Judith Hall Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Principal Investigator: Simon Davidson, PhD Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
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Responsible Party: Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust Identifier: NCT00359398    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2006IC003B
First Posted: August 2, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 14, 2016
Last Verified: April 2016
Keywords provided by Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust:
Cardiopulmonary bypass
Blood component removal
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Hemostatic Disorders
Blood Coagulation Disorders
Blood Platelet Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Hematologic Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders