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The SOMNUS Study: Sedative Optimization Via Monitoring Neurological Status (SOMNUS)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Medtronic - MITG
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Paula Watson, Vanderbilt University Identifier:
First received: May 3, 2007
Last updated: November 4, 2015
Last verified: November 2015
A combined strategy of Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale (RASS) clinical targeting plus bispectral index (BIS) guided sedation in mechanically ventilated, critically ill patients will decrease time on mechanical ventilation, decrease the duration of intensive care unit (ICU) delirium and coma, and will improve subacute neurocognitive function when compared to sedation guided by RASS targeting alone.

Condition Intervention Phase
Cognitive Impairment
Critically Ill
Device: RASS Targeting plus BIS Monitoring
Other: RASS Targeted
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Randomized Control Trial Using the BIS Monitor to Avoid Over Sedation and Prolonged Neuropsychological Deficits in Mechanically Ventilated ICU Patients

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Further study details as provided by Vanderbilt University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of ventilator free hours and days [ Time Frame: 3 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of delirium and coma free days [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • Incidence of subacute cognitive dysfunction [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • ICU length of stay [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • Hospital length of stay [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • Six month mortality [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • Biomarkers for neurological injury and inflammation [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • sleep quality [ Time Frame: 3 years ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: June 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016
Primary Completion Date: October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Sedation RASS Targeted
Patient sedation utilizing standard of care methods (RASS Targeted)
Other: RASS Targeted
Patient sedation utilizing standard of care methods (RASS targeted)
Active Comparator: RASS Targeting plus BIS Monitoring
Providing patient sedation utilizing standard of care methods (RASS) plus BIS monitoring.
Device: RASS Targeting plus BIS Monitoring
Providing patient sedation utilizing standard of care methods (RASS) plus BIS monitoring

Detailed Description:

Sedatives and analgesics are used to maintain comfort in almost all mechanically ventilated patients. Unfortunately, these medications also have many deleterious effects. Sedatives increase time on mechanical ventilation, have adverse hemodynamic effects, disturb sleep architecture, and have been determined to be an independent risk factor for ICU delirium. Delirium is an independent determinant of longer hospital stay, higher costs, and higher mortality, and the presence of delirium is highly predictive of long-term neurocognitive deficits. In consideration of these facts, better methods are needed to guide sedation, avoid oversedation, and possibly reduce delirium.

Current guidelines recommend titration of sedation to a goal level based on bedside evaluation using a validated assessment tool, e.g. the Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale. These assessment tools, however, are underused and many ICU patients are oversedated with well described consequences. A practical method by which to determine where a patient lies may prove beneficial in optimizing our delivery of sedatives and improving patient outcomes.

While conventional EEG monitoring is not practical in the ICU, bispectral index (BIS) monitoring may be easily used in this clinical setting. BIS monitoring may provide a means to assess sedation level in unresponsive or paralyzed ICU patients and to decrease the total amount of sedatives/analgesics administered. Additional benefits of a combined clinical sedation scale and BIS-monitoring approach could include a decreased incidence and/or duration of delirium as well as a decreased incidence and severity of ICU-associated prolonged neurocognitive deficits.

The specific aims of this study are as follows:

Aim 1: To determine if sedative and analgesic medication delivery guided by clinical sedation scales and BIS monitor parameters of over-sedation will decrease time on mechanical ventilation.

Aim 2: To determine if sedative and analgesic medication delivery guided by clinical sedation scales and BIS monitor parameters of over-sedation will decrease the duration of delirium and coma when compared to the use of clinical sedations scales alone.

Aim 3: To determine if sedative and analgesic medication delivery guided by clinical sedation scales and BIS monitor parameters of over-sedation will decrease the incidence and severity of subacute cognitive impairment when compared to the use of clinical sedation scales alone.

Aim 4: To characterize polysomnography findings in critically ill patients at various BIS levels.

Aim 5: To determine if poor sleep quality is a factor in post critical illness neurocognitive dysfunction.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female adult patients admitted to the ICU for critical illnesses requiring mechanical ventilation with expectation of being mechanically ventilated for greater than 24 hours. Subjects must have an actual or a target RASS of -3 or deeper with 48 hours of initiation of mechanical ventilation.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who are less than 18 years old.
  • Inability to obtain informed consent from the patient or his/her surrogate.
  • Subjects admitted with alcohol or drug overdoses, suicide attempts, or alcohol/delirium with tremors.
  • Subjects with documented moderate to severe dementia.
  • Subjects with anoxic brain injuries, strokes, neurotrauma, or neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis or Guillain Barre syndrome.
  • Subjects whose family and/or physician have not committed to aggressive support for 72 hours or who are likely to withdraw within 72 hours.
  • Subjects who are moribund or are not expected to survive hospital discharge due to preexisting uncorrectable medical condition.
  • Subjects who have either Child-Pugh Class B or C cirrhosis.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00469482

United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt University
Medtronic - MITG
Principal Investigator: Paula L. Watson, MD Vanderbilt Universtiy
  More Information

Additional Information:

Responsible Party: Paula Watson, Assitant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Identifier: NCT00469482     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 061218
SOMNUS ( Other Identifier: Aspect Medical Systems, Inc. )
Study First Received: May 3, 2007
Last Updated: November 4, 2015

Keywords provided by Vanderbilt University:
Cognitive Impairment
Mechanical Ventilation
Critical Illness

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cognition Disorders
Critical Illness
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
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