Tele-Anesthesia - Trans-Continental Anesthesia Compared to Standard Practice

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified March 2011 by Azienda Ospedaliero, Universitaria Pisana.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : April 7, 2011
Last Update Posted : April 7, 2011
McGill University Health Center
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Azienda Ospedaliero, Universitaria Pisana

Brief Summary:

Patients in Pisa will undergo thyroid gland surgery. In the protocol group anesthesia will be performed using an automated anesthesia delivery system; preoperative and intra-operative assessment of patients will be performed via video-conferencing from Montreal, which will also monitor and control anesthesia delivery via distant Internet connection - as supervision of functioning of the automated anesthesia delivery system. In the control group anesthesia will be performed in a standard fashion with manual control of the syringe pumps infusing anesthetics drugs.

The hypothesis is that Tele-anesthesia, considered as preoperative assessment and anesthetic control of an automated anesthesia delivery system is feasible and reliable via standard means of internet communication (distant control via virtual network) and performed as well or even better than manual control of the anesthetic drugs infusion.

Condition or disease
Thyroid Gland Resection

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 200 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Tele-Anesthesia - Trans-Continental Anesthesia Compared to Standard Practice
Study Start Date : March 2011

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anesthesia
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Anesthetic drugs manually administrated
Automated anesthesia delivery system

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Performance of closed-loop system for propofol administration, controlled remotely, compared with the performance of propofol manually administered to maintain in both case the level of hypnosis close to the BIS target. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Hypnosis is monitored during the surgery according to the brain activity values provided by an objective monitoring parameter, called Bispectral Index (BIS). A BIS target of 45 is aimed trough the surgery. Performance of propofol hypnosis will be determined clinically by recording the % of sedation time during which the actual BIS is within 10% of the target BIS (excellent control), within 11 -20% (good control), between 21-30% (fair control) and beyond 30% of target (inadequate control).

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients undergoing elective thyroid gland surgery

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Elective patients
  • Patient scheduled for surgery under spinal anesthesia
  • Patients aged 18 to 85 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to provide informed consent
  • Comatose patients
  • Patients with dementia
  • Allergy to Propofol

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01331096

Contact: Cedrick Zaouter, MD 00393294858529

Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana Recruiting
Pisa, PI, Italy, 56124
Contact: Cedrick Zaouter, MD    +393284858529   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Azienda Ospedaliero, Universitaria Pisana
McGill University Health Center

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT01331096     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Teleanesthesia3054
First Posted: April 7, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2011
Last Verified: March 2011

Keywords provided by Azienda Ospedaliero, Universitaria Pisana:
thyroid gland resection surgery
total intravenous anesthesia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs