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Effects of an Early Prehospital Administration of Tranexamic Acid on Hyperfibrinolysis in Multiple Trauma

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 10, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 2, 2015
Tem International GmbH, München, Germany
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. med. Nils Kunze, University of Göttingen

Brief Summary:
Severe external and internal bleedings are common in multiple trauma patients. Uncontrollable blood loss is the cause for about one third of all trauma deaths. A number of blood clotting mechanisms are known to be triggered by major blood losses. These mechanisms shall secure the organisms from loosing even more blood. To avoid an overshooting clotting behavior, inhibiting mechanisms occur as well. An important inhibiting (or fibrinolytic) mechanism is the fibrinolysis that is based on the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin. In severe bleeding situations this mechanism tends to overshoot and therewith contributes to the severity of the bleeding. This phenomena is called hyperfibrinolysis and is found in approximately one third of all multiple trauma patients. Mortality rates are increased in these patients. Tranexamic acid is an antifibrinolytic drug that inhibits the conversion from plasminogen to plasmin and therefore is able to limit the effects hyperfibrinolysis. A large study showed positive influence of tranexamic acid on mortality rates and blood loss in severely injured patients, when it was administered in an early clinical setting. In this study we want to answer the question wether a hyperfibrinolysis can be seen in an early prehospital (on the scene) setting and how it is influenced by an early prehospital administration of tranexamic acid.

Condition or disease
Hyperfibrinolysis Haemorrhage Mortality

Detailed Description:
In patients suffering from multiple trauma the initially responding emergency physician on the scene will take a blood sample for thrombelastometry immediately after i.v. access is established. According to the initial trauma life support protocols a number of patients will receive a dose of tranexamic acid during the initial treatment on the scene or during transport to the hospital. A second blood sample will be taken after arrival in the resuscitation area of the hospital. Thrombelastometric measurements will be performed with both blood samples and the extent of hyperfibrinolysis in both samples will be compared. In a second step the outcome of the patients who received tranexamic acid on the scene will be compared to those who did not receive the drug before reaching hospital.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 110 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Study Start Date : November 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2015

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Tranexamic acid
patients with multiple trauma who received tranexamic acid on the scene
Non tranexamic acid
patients with multiple trauma who did not receive tranexamic acid on the scene

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Initial state of hyperfibrinolysis [ Time Frame: Minutes after arrival on the scene ]
    State of hyperfibrinolysis quantified by thromelastometry and PAP-Complex (Plasmin-Antiplasmin-Complex) from a blood sample taken a soon as possible on the scene

  2. State of hyperfibrinolysis on hospital admission [ Time Frame: minutes to hours after incident ]
    State of hyperfibrinolysis quantified by thrombelastometry and PAP-Complex from a blood sample taken as soon as possible after hospital arrival

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. transfusion of packed red blood cells [ Time Frame: 48 hours ]
    units of packed RBC units transfused within 48 hours after hospital admission

  2. substitution of coagulation products [ Time Frame: 48 hours after hospital admission ]
    number and type of coagulation products given within 48 hours after hospital admission

  3. length of stay intensive care unit (LOS ICU) [ Time Frame: one year ]
    length of the first ICU stay

  4. length of hospital stay [ Time Frame: one year ]
    length of stay in the acute care hospital (not rehabilitation facilities)

  5. mortality [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
    dead within 90 days after hospital admission

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
blood samples

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients will be recruited by emergency physicians on the scene by taking a blood sample for thrombelastometry.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Multiple trauma ISS > 15
  • Age > 18 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No informed consent
  • Inclusion to an interventional clinical trial
  • Death of the patient on the scene or before the hospital was reached
  • Delayed thrombelastometric measurement (> 4 hours)

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University Medical Center Göttingen
Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany, 37075
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Göttingen
Tem International GmbH, München, Germany
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Study Chair: Quintel Michael, Prof. Dr. University of Goettingen
Study Director: Roessler Markus, PD Dr. University of Goettingen
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Dr. med. Nils Kunze, Principal Investigator, University of Göttingen Identifier: NCT01938768    
Other Study ID Numbers: ZARI-NK-2013-02
First Posted: September 10, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 2, 2015
Last Verified: November 2015
Keywords provided by Dr. med. Nils Kunze, University of Göttingen:
Multiple trauma
Tranexamic acid
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Multiple Trauma
Pathologic Processes
Wounds and Injuries