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Hypertonic Saline to Reduce Hospital Admissions in Bronchiolitis

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00677729
First Posted: May 14, 2008
Last Update Posted: November 13, 2015
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Collaborators:
Kingston General Hospital
Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph of the Hotel Dieu of Kingston
Royal Victoria Hospital Of Barrie
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Michael Flavin, Queen's University
  Purpose

Inhaled 3% hypertonic saline (HS) administered every 2-8 hours to infants admitted to hospital with viral bronchiolitis has been shown to improve airway clearance and reduces length of stay.

Hypothesis: When infants first present to the ER, frequent administration of HS over a brief time period will provide significant symptom improvement such that the need for hospital admission will be reduced.

Objective: To determine in a randomized, controlled and double-blind fashion if the short term intensive use of inhaled 3% hypertonic saline (HS) in the Emergency Room (ER) can reduce the rate of hospital admission for infants presenting with moderately severe viral bronchiolitis.


Condition Intervention Phase
Viral Bronchiolitis Drug: solution contains 1 mg salbutamol plus 3% hypertonic saline Drug: solution contains 1 mg salbutamol plus 0.9% saline Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Inhaled Hypertonic Saline to Reduce Hospital Admissions in Infants With Viral Bronchiolitis (HS in ER Study)

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Further study details as provided by Dr. Michael Flavin, Queen's University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • compare the rate of admission to hospital between the study and control groups [ Time Frame: 1 hour after treatment ends ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • change in the RDAI between study entry and post-treatment. [ Time Frame: 1 hour after treatment ends ]

Enrollment: 81
Study Start Date: November 2008
Study Completion Date: May 2009
Primary Completion Date: April 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
4 ml of nebulized study solution containing 1 mg salbutamol plus 3% hypertonic saline (NaCl)
Drug: solution contains 1 mg salbutamol plus 3% hypertonic saline
4 ml of nebulized study solution containing 1 mg salbutamol plus 3% hypertonic saline every 20 minutes for a total of 3 doses
Placebo Comparator: 2
4 ml of nebulized study solution containing 1 mg salbutamol plus 0.9% saline (NaCl)
Drug: solution contains 1 mg salbutamol plus 0.9% saline
4 ml of nebulized study solution containing 1 mg salbutamol plus 0.9% saline (NaCl) every 20 minutes for a total of 3 doses

Detailed Description:

Patients presenting to the Emergency Room (ER) or out-patient department with a diagnosis of moderately severe bronchiolitis (as defined by inclusion/exclusion criteria below) will be approached for entry into the study. After the initial routine assessment by the ER medical and nursing staff, informed consent will be obtained and the infant will be randomized to receive treatment in a double-blinded fashion with 4 ml of nebulized study solution containing 1 mg salbutamol (bronchodilator) plus either 3% hypertonic saline (HS, study group) or 0.9% saline (NS, control group) every 20 minutes for a total of 3 doses. After an observation period of 1 hour following the last dose, the infant will be reassessed by the attending physician in the ER for disposition (admit, discharge home, remain in ER for further treatment) at which point the infant's active involvement in the study will end. All subsequent therapy, if needed, will be at the sole discretion of the attending physician. The family of each recruited subject will be contacted by phone 7 days later to assess resolution of symptoms or the presence of any unexpected adverse effects.

Clinical response to the above treatment will also be determined independently by the study physician or designate utilizing a standardized respiratory scoring system, the Respiratory Distress Assessment Instrument (RDAI), at study entry and after the post-treatment observation period. The primary outcome measure is to compare the rate of admission to hospital between the study and control groups. A secondary outcome measure will involve the assessment of change in the RDAI between study entry and post-treatment.

The infant will remain in the ER throughout the study period and receive standard ongoing monitoring by the nursing staff. In the unlikely event of significant clinical worsening during this period, the ER physician on duty will be notified to assess and intervene as he/she feels appropriate. The site study investigator will be immediately notified of all such occurrences by the research assistant involved.

The study will be conducted over a single bronchiolitis season from November 1, 2008 to April 1, 2009. There will be 2 study sites as listed below with the name of the study site director.

  • Royal Victoria Hospital of Barrie (Emergency Department), Barrie ON (B.A. Kuzik, MD, FRCP (lead investigator))
  • Kingston General Hospital (Emergency Department) and Hotel Dieu Hospital (Emergency Department, Children's Outpatient Centre), Kingston ON (M. P. Flavin, MB, MRCP, FRCP)
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 24 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. < 24 months.
  2. presenting to ER or outpatient department with moderately severe viral bronchiolitis defined as:

    1. history of viral upper respiratory tract infection within previous 7 days, plus
    2. presence of wheezing and/or crackles on chest auscultation, plus
    3. Respiratory Distress Assessment Instrument (RDAI, appendix B) score > 4 (of 17) or transcutaneous oxygen saturation (SaO2) < 94% in room air.

Patient exclusion criteria:

  1. history of immunodeficiency or chronic cardiopulmonary disease (other than past history of wheezing).
  2. critical illness at presentation.
  3. use of nebulized HS within previous 12 hr.
  4. prematurity (gestational age < 34 weeks).
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00677729


Locations
Canada, Ontario
The Royal Victoria Hospital
Barrie, Ontario, Canada, L4M 6M2
Kingston General Hospital
Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 2V7
Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph of the Hotel Dieu of Kingston
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
Queen's University
Kingston General Hospital
Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph of the Hotel Dieu of Kingston
Royal Victoria Hospital Of Barrie
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Brian Kuzik, MD The Royal Victoria Hospital of Barrie
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dr. Michael Flavin, Principal Investigator, Queen's University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00677729     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HSERFLA
PAED-214-08
First Submitted: May 2, 2008
First Posted: May 14, 2008
Last Update Posted: November 13, 2015
Last Verified: November 2015

Keywords provided by Dr. Michael Flavin, Queen's University:
bronchiolitis
hypertonic saline
infants

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bronchiolitis
Bronchiolitis, Viral
Bronchitis
Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Virus Diseases
Pharmaceutical Solutions
Albuterol
Bronchodilator Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Respiratory System Agents
Tocolytic Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Adrenergic beta-2 Receptor Agonists
Adrenergic beta-Agonists
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action