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In Vivo Cellular and Physiological Response to Severe Burns Injuries (NCT03024931)

Severe burn patients are some of the most challenging critically ill patients with an extreme and continuous state of physiological stress. Patients tends to stay for a long period of time in intensive care unit to treat burns as well as dealing with complications that arises from the initial burns injury. Severe burns patients are notoriously known to loose weight. The word 'catabolism' is used medically. This theory of catabolism after a trauma was hypothesised in 1942 by Professor Curthberston and based on animal models. Since this date, despite medical technological advancement, there has been no research that confirms Professor Curthberston's theory. Investigators still do not know the exact mechanism by which the body changes from conserving energy to becoming catabolic. Furthermore, it remains unclear whether this change in catabolism is necessary to heal from burns injury. This theoretical catabolism in burns patients is currently treated with nutritional supplement, use of medications including beta-blockers (suppresses heart rate and decreases blood pressure) and oxandrolone (formula which is similar to testosterone to build up muscles). There are evidences to suggest that increase in weight loss worsens the outcome in burns injury. Both overfeeding or underfeeding patients can be detrimental. In this research, the exact changes in metabolic rate will be measured in the first 72 hours of the study using a calorimetry machine. In addition to the metabolic rate, the response to the heart, liver, kidneys and hormonal levels will be measured. By looking into these dynamic changes the investigator will be able to elucidate whether there is a real increase in metabolic rate. If there is, the investigator would also be able to tell the response of different organs and whether there are any hormones that could be responsible to inflicting the metabolic changes.
  • Other: observational study
    No intervention
    Ages eligible for Study
    16 Years and older
    Genders eligible for Study
    Accepts Healthy Volunteers
    Inclusion Criteria:
    • Male or female, aged 16 years or over
    • Informed, written consent from patient. If the participant is unable to give consent then assent will be considered.
    • Burns more than 15%
    • Acute presentation
    Exclusion Criteria:
    • Any concern from the clinical team that the application or ongoing presence of the monitoring device would interfere with optimal patient management.
    • Allergy to adhesives used for monitor leads and belts.
    • Participants below 16 years old
    • Burns less than 5%
    • Conditions that gives an inaccurate calorimetry results
    • Participants needing oxygen concentration more than 60%
    • Participants who have broncho-alveolar fistula
    • Participants with chest drains
    • Airway leak within the ventilated systems
    1. Purpose of the study The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the acute physiological and metabolic changes in severe burns injury. Unless clinicians understand the physiological effect in burns patients, clinicians are unable to develop new therapeutic interventions to halt the hyper metabolic changes in burns patient. This research will be looking into the acute resting basal metabolic changes in severe adult burns patients by using Quark RMR (indirect calorimetry). This equipment will allow the investigator to detect the metabolic switch in severe burns patients.

    In addition to the metabolic changes, 'Estimated cardiac output monitor' will be placed in conjunction with calculating the Fick principle. Heart rate and pulse oximeter will be monitored continuously. These adjuncts will allow the investigator to conclude whether hyper-metabolism is associated with hyper dynamic cardiovascular response to burns.

    Splanchnic circulation will be monitored using the LiMON indocyanine green test and intermittent intra-abdominal pressure will be monitored to assess whether there is a link between the metabolic rate and splanchnic circulation.

    2. Objectives

    1. Primary Objective:

    Identifying the 'Ebb' phase and 'Flow' phase in acute burns injury

    2. Secondary Objectives:

    1. To establish cardiovascular response to burns in the acute phase.

    a. To establish cardiovascular response to hyper-catabolism, using ESCO (estimated cardiac output) 2. To asses the relationship between the splanchnic circulation and hyper-catabolism 3. To assess the feasibility of performing LiMON test and (Bispectral Index) BIS monitoring for future (Burns Intensive Care Unit) BICU patients 4. To optimize dietary recommendations for patients who are suffering from hyper-catabolic state

    8. Study Design Summary: This is a prospective, observational study with intensive monitoring but no experimental intervention

    a) Study Site and Duration: This study will be conducted on the adult Burns Intensive Care Unit (BICU), Chelsea and Westminster Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom (UK). This is a tertiary referral hospital serving an area of North West London. The average annual admission for severe burns to BICU varies form 10 -15 patients. The study will be conducted from December 2015 to December 2019.

    The BICU has facilities for ventilatory support, sedation and surgery of critically ill patients, with two-bed intensive care unit. Each bed is isolated with three senior trained intensive care nurses covering 24 hours. Critically ill burns participants will be monitored continuously by nurses and doctors with the use of non-invasive and invasive monitoring depending on their clinical needs as per standard clinical care.

    f) Procedure

    General History and Examination Upon enrolment, full history and examination will be performed, including detailed assessment of the respiratory system, extent and depth of burns, neurological examination, cardiovascular examination and excluding other potential trauma that the participants could have suffered from.

    The results will be recorded on a designated record form. Participants will be re-assessed by a physician or nurse for the duration of continuous monitoring to independently assess blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, cardiac output, Glasgow coma scale, sedation score, ventilator requirement, urine output, intra-abdominal pressure, splanchnic circulation, BIS, EEG, nitrogen balance, resting metabolic rate and temperature.

    Daily follow up will include assessment for any complications of burns including sepsis, infection, inhalational injury, suspected Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and suspected respiratory distress of uncertain aetiology. The decision to obtain imaging or other investigations to assess such complications will be made by the clinical team and the results will be archived as source documents.

    In addition to above, venous blood sample will be taken to establish on the daily basis to monitor inflammatory markers, renal, liver, bone marrow function, electrolyte levels. Urinary nitrogen levels, plasma hormones including Thyroid stimulating hormone, T3, T4, cortisol levels, insulin, glucagon levels are taken daily. These tests will be completed by the clinical team.

    Regular arterial line gas sample will be taken as guided by the clinical team.

    Continuous monitoring Participants will undergo standard electrophysiological monitoring, cardiovascular monitoring including arterial line blood pressure monitoring, placement of estimated cardiac output monitoring and intra-abdominal pressure. These devices will be connected to a portable diagnostic recording system to aid the diagnosis of any physiological changes that occurs. The system comprises a central device, with a display screen, battery pack and memory card. The electrophysiological monitoring device will consists or three electrodes and wires which feeds into the central device ports. The electrodes will be attached to the participants' forehead; left central and right. The intra-abdominal pressure device consists of a transducer which is located in the urinary catheter. The wires which are connected to the transducers are then fed into the central device ports. The continuous estimated cardiac output monitoring devices consist of three cardiac electrodes, pulse oximetry device and wires, which are connected to the central device ports. The cardiac electrodes are placed to the participants' thorax and the pulse oximetry device is attached to the participants' digit either in the foot or hand.

    The following sensors will be applied:

    - Electrocardiogram: recording cardiac electrical activity to give three recorded and three derived traces

    - Ventilator: recording airflow inhale and exhalation, flow rate, pressure, tidal volume, peep, type of ventilator mode.

    - Pulse oximeter: recording arterial oxygen saturation and pulse rate The monitoring system will be applied to the participant once assent is obtained and after the initial management; drug administration, examination and other investigation are performed by the clinical team. The sensors will be applied with the goal of recording continuously for seventy two hours.

    Intermittent monitoring Participant will undergo indirect calorimetry monitoring and LIMON test. Resting metabolic rate will be measured every 12 hourly for 72 hours using indirect calorimetry with Quark Resting Metabolic Rate (QUARK RMR) (COSMED, Rome, Italy). This device consist of canopy, ventilator tubing, heat and moisture exchange filter, air sample analyzing tubes, computer, gas analyzing chamber, calibration gas cylinder, air pump to calibrate the flow sensor, fuel cell, spirometry and Windows 8.0 computer which has COSMED Quark RMR software installed.

    Participants are either ventilated or awake. Ventilated participants will have a gas analyzing tubing attached to the heat and moisture exchange filter which is fed unto the gas analyzing chamber. The flow meter is attached at the exhaust port at the back of the ventilator.

    The measurement is taken until a steady resting state is achieved. This will normally vary from two minutes to 20 minutes. The results are automatically recorded onto the Quark RMR software. In order to achieve steady ventilation with little minimum bias flow the participants' Bispectral index is maintained between forty and sixty using medications such as propofol, fentanyl, midazolam or clonidine.

    Liver and splanchnic circulation will be measured every 6 hourly using LIMON Liver Function Monitor (Liver Monitor, PULSION Medical Systems, Munich, Germany) The device consist of sensor, wires and monitor to display the instructions and results. The sensor is attached to the participants' earlobe, finger tips in the hand or foot. The indocyanine green dye (ICG) is injected into a vein. The results will be displayed onto the monitor.

    If the recording is suboptimal due to loss of sensors or insufficient recording, it will be repeated.

    All of the above equipments and monitoring system will be cleaned and disinfected according to the manufacturing advice and microbiology team. The standard operating procedures for the above equipments are described in the appendix.

    Cessation of monitoring The recording system, or individual sensors will be removed immediately if it is required for clinical investigations or interventions. However, it is anticipated that most investigations and interventions will be able to proceed with the sensors in place. The device is expected to remain in place during patient re-positioning, airway management, delivery of oxygen, delivery of oral and IV medication and fluids and most imaging with the exception of magnetic resonance imaging.

    BIS monitoring will be removed in the event of cardio-respiratory arrest. If study clinician is not present at the time of cardio-respiratory arrest, the monitor will detach without difficulty and will not impede or delay resuscitation efforts.

    Date collection:

    In addition to above data, the investigator be collecting the patients' demographics including apache II scoring, end organ function including liver function, renal function, haematological status, ventilator settings, arterial gas, urine output and temperature.

    9. Data Analysis Analysis of recording Data will be exported from the monitoring devices after each recording and assessed for adequacy and quality.

    All frontal lobe electroencephalogram will be analysed. If there is any EEG finding that are consist with seizures it will be reviewed by neurophysiologist. All resting metabolic rate will be plotted against the physiological parameters including splanchnic circulation, temperature and intra-abdominal pressure. The ECG will be reviewed to assess heart rate, rhythm and conduction. Invasive blood pressure monitoring device will assess the blood pressure. Estimated cardiac output monitoring will assess the cardiac output and the trend over the seventy two hours. Fick principle will be used to calculate the cardiac output using the data (CaO2 and CVO2) obtained from the Quark RMR.

    Any stimulus, airway management, changes in the levels of sedation, return from theatres will be noted.

    1. Statistical Consideration In the view of the complexity of data provided by continuous monitoring, statistical guidance will be sought at all stages of analysis from the "Statistician. For the primary end points, the investigator will draw a graph of time again resting metabolic rate. The precise choice of test will be determined once the distribution pattern of the data is known. Repeated measure analysis of variance will be used followed by regression analysis accounted for repeat measures.

    In comparing patient specific outcome measures (mortality, requirement for ventilation, development of complications such as sepsis), participants will be placed into ranked groups from most to least difference in trend change in resting metabolic rate and nonparametric analysis will be used to assess the relationship between mortality or morbidity and resting metabolic rate.

    2. Sample Size Justification Primary determinant is expected number of eligible patients presenting in the duration of study.

    Power calculation was completed for the primary outcome measures. In order to conclude to show that there is an increase in metabolic rate by 200 kcal per day with a power of 0.8, I will need 8 patients to be able to conclude that there increase in metabolic rate.
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    31 December, 2016
    17 January, 2017
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