The Effects of Plantar Stimulation on Hypotension, Treatment Efficacy and Quality of Life With Adults on Hemodialysis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kenneth McLeod, Binghamton University Identifier:
First received: January 13, 2009
Last updated: September 17, 2013
Last verified: September 2013
For the ESRD patients undergoing hemodialysis treatment, specifically, reflex mediated calf muscle pump stimulation has the potential to significantly reduce the number and magnitude of hypotensive episodes thus enhancing the effectiveness of the dialysis process. Fewer hemodialysis complications during the patient's hemodialysis treatment, would allow treatment sessions to continue to the prescribed volume removal, with much reduced patient recovery time, and the costs associated with this recovery.

Condition Intervention
Device: Effects of Plantar Stimulation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: the Effects of Plantar Stimulation on Hypotension, Treatment Efficacy and Quality of Life

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Effects of Plantar Stimulation on Hypotension during Hemodialysis With Adults [ Time Frame: 4 hour treatments ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Effects of Plantar Stimulation on Treatment Efficacy With Adults on Hemodialysis [ Time Frame: 4 hour treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 9
Study Start Date: June 2008
Study Completion Date: January 2010
Primary Completion Date: December 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Observational studies
pre and post tests based on juvent device use
Device: Effects of Plantar Stimulation

Plantar stimulation:

Use of a low-intensity mechanical stimulus to the plantar surface (sole) so as to trigger a reflex response causing soleus muscle contraction, and thereby an increase in calf muscle pump activity. The plantar stimulation device (VStim; Juvent Medical Inc., Somerset, NJ) delivers a 50 micrometer displacement to the plantar surface of the foot at 45 Hz. This device has been shown to significantly increase lower limb blood and lymphatic flow when patients use the device while in a seated or supine position.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. 18 years of age or older;
  2. alert and oriented to time, place, and self;
  3. able to read and speak the English language;
  4. currently receiving hemodialysis treatment approximately 3-4 hour sessions, 3 times a week;
  5. received hemodialysis treatments continuously for the several previous months; AND
  6. consistently exhibits hypotensive symptoms during dialysis.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. receiving hemodialysis as a temporary treatment following a peritoneal dialysis complication or an episode of transplant rejection;
  2. receiving hemodialysis at home; OR
  3. if they have a Medical History of any the following conditions: deep venous thrombosis, uncontrolled hypertension, pulmonary embolus
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Responsible Party: Kenneth McLeod, Professor, BioEngineering, Binghamton University Identifier: NCT00822653     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 521-07 
Study First Received: January 13, 2009
Last Updated: September 17, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Binghamton University:
hemodialysis treatment
pump stimulation
reduce hypotensive episodes

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on August 22, 2016