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Individualized Perioperative Hemodynamic Goal-directed Therapy in Major Abdominal Surgery (iPEGASUS-trial) (iPEGASUS)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03021525
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : January 16, 2017
Last Update Posted : November 17, 2020
University of Giessen
University of Rostock
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf

Brief Summary:

To evaluate the impact of perioperative, algorithm driven, hemodynamic therapy based on individualized fluid and cardiac output optimization on postoperative moderate and severe complications in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery including visceral, urological, and gynecological operations.

In the proposed study, hemodynamic therapy is tailored individually to each patient, based on individual preload optimization by the functional parameter "pulse pressure variation (PPV)" and based on an individually titrated goal of cardiac index. The proposed study therefore further develops the concept of hemodynamic goal-directed therapy to individually set goals and is designed to assess its impact on morbidity and mortality.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hemodynamic Instability Cardiac Output, High Peroperative Complication Procedure: Individualized Goal Directed Therapy Procedure: Control Group Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Postoperative mortality in patients undergoing surgery is on average still 4% in Europe as evaluated recently in a cohort study across 28 European countries and is considered to be even higher in high risk surgery. But besides this significant risk of death, in particular moderate and severe postoperative complications, affecting up to 40% of patients after major surgery, frequently lead to severe reductions of quality of life and cause high healthcare costs in western nations. Perioperative hemodynamic goal-directed optimization is believed to be an integral part to reduce in particular postoperative morbidity significantly and possibly also mortality. Algorithm driven optimization of macrocirculation aiming on best possible oxygen and substrate delivery to end organs and tissues is thought to be the theoretical mechanism of this therapy. A recent large multi-center trial based on such a pragmatic, non-individualized protocol failed to reduce composite morbidity underlining this weak point of this approach. The reason for failing statistically significant improvement of clinical outcome first of all has to be seen in not taking into account individual hemodynamic needs of each single patient. Every patient was hemodynamically treated according to a "one size fits all of maximizing stroke volume" approach. In contrast, a first mono-center trial gave evidence that individualized early goal-directed therapy based on an individually optimized volumetric cardiac preload parameter (global end-diastolic volume) reduces complications and ICU length of stay after cardiac surgery. Further, and even more important, a first multi-center pilot study using a goal-directed algorithm aiming to optimize blood flow oriented on individual cardiac capacities (individualized optimal cardiac index) in major abdominal surgery demonstrated feasibility and a reduction in postoperative complications. This finding needs to be confirmed in a multi-center study that is adequately powered to detect changes in specific complications and in mortality before clinical practice can be changed accordingly. Therefore, the hypothesis of this proposed prospective two arm randomized study is that algorithm driven individualized hemodynamic goal-directed therapy reduces moderate and severe postoperative complications being a massive burden on quality of life and health care costs. The proposed study develops the concept of hemodynamic goal-directed therapy to individually set goals and is designed to assess its impact on morbidity and mortality.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 380 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Individualized Perioperative Hemodynamic Goal-directed Therapy in Major Abdominal Surgery (iPEGASUS-trial) - A Multi-center, Prospective, Randomized Trial
Actual Study Start Date : August 23, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2022

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Individualized Goal Directed Therapy (iGDT)
Patients receive fluids and catecholamines following a protocol of individualized parameters achieved by extended hemodynamic monitoring.
Procedure: Individualized Goal Directed Therapy
The trial intervention period will commence from the induction of anesthesia until 8 hours after surgery, or until discharging from the postoperative intensive or intermediate care unit. All patients in the intervention group receive basic vital sign monitoring. For inotropic support dobutamine, and as vasopressor norepinephrine are drugs of choice. Hemodynamic management is performed according to standard treatment until an arterial line is placed. The signal of the arterial line is then processed either by calibrated or non-calibrated pulse contour analysis for pulse pressure variation (PPV) and cardiac index (CI) measurement. Fluid challenge will be performed by infusion of 500 ml in <15 minute. Choice of fluid in case of indicated fluid loading is determined on basis of the recent guideline for intravasal volume therapy. Patients receive fluids and vasoactive agents following a protocol of individualized parameters regularly achieved by extended hemodynamic monitoring.

Active Comparator: Control
Patients in the control group will be treated according to established basic treatment goals.
Procedure: Control Group
Patients in the control group will be treated according to established basic treatment goals (heart rate <100 bpm, mean arterial pressure >65 mmHg, SpO2>94%, and core temperature >36° C). Basic anesthesiological monitoring by five-lead-electrocardiogram, pulse oximetry, non-invasive blood pressure monitoring and capnography is performed in every patient of the control group. Placement of an arterial and central venous line, as well as fluid and catecholamines administration, are at the discretion of the treating clinician.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Composite of morbidity and mortality on day 28 [ Time Frame: 28 days ]
    Considering the high relevance for the individual patient and the society, postoperative outcome is most appropriately reflected by a combination of morbidity and mortality. Therefore, the primary endpoint is a composite comprising rate of patients with one or more moderate or severe postoperative complications or death within 28 days post surgery. Moderate and severe postoperative complications are defined on the basis of a consensus statement of an ESA (European Society of Anesthesiology)- ESICM (European Society of Intensive Care Medicine) joint task force on perioperative outcome measures.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Morbidity [ Time Frame: Day 1,3,5,7 and 180 ]
    At these days both, number of complications and number of patients having at least one moderate or severe complication, will be assessed in total and for every complication. The additional secondary endpoints including days alive and free of mechanical ventilation at 7 days and 28 days, days alive and free of vasopressor therapy at 7 days and 28 days, days alive and free of renal replacement therapy at 7 days and 28 days, length of ICU and hospital stay further characterize perioperative morbidity and its socioeconomic impacts.

  2. Quality of life after 6 months [ Time Frame: Time point of enrolment and on day180 ]
    For assessment of quality of life an interview (personal or by telephone) based on the EQ-5D-5L (EuroQol Research Foundation) questionnaire is performed at the time point of enrolment and 6 months after surgery.

  3. Mortality [ Time Frame: Day 180 ]
    Mortality is assessed 6 months after surgery.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • To provide high generalizability and representativeness the high number of patients with laparotomy and major surgical trauma is included into this study. - Therefore, open visceral, urological, and gynecological surgery is covered by this study.
  • Expected duration of surgery must be ≥ 120 minutes and requirement of volume therapy needs to be expected ≥ 2 liters.
  • Risk for any postoperative complications needs to be ≥10% assessed by the ACS (American College of Surgery)- NSQUIP (National Surgical Quality Improvement Program) risk calculator.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients <18 years,
  • laparoscopic approach,
  • patients not having sinus rhythm,
  • patients having highly impaired left ventricular function (ejection fraction <30%) or severe aortic valve stenosis (aortic valve area <1 cm2, mean gradient >40 mmHg),
  • pregnant women,
  • emergency surgeries (surgery required within 24 hours),
  • primarily vascular surgery,
  • patients suffering from septic shock,
  • patients having phaeochromocytoma,
  • patients suffering from non-cardiac chest pain,
  • refusal of consent,
  • patients receiving palliative treatment only (likely to die within 6 months) and patients suffering from acute myocardial ischemia (within 30 days before randomization) are excluded from the study.
  • Further, in case that clinicians intended to use cardiac output monitoring for clinical reasons patients should also not be included in the study.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03021525

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Contact: Daniel A Reuter, MD +49 40 7410 52415
Contact: Sebastian A Haas, MD +49 40 7410 52415

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Justus-Liebig-University Giessen Recruiting
Giessen, Germany
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf Not yet recruiting
Hamburg, Germany, 20246
Contact: Christian Zoellner, Prof.    +49 40 7410 52415   
Contact: Daniel A Reuter, Prof.    +49 40 7410 52415   
Principal Investigator: Sandra Funcke, MD         
Principal Investigator: Bernd Saugel, MD         
Principal Investigator: Daniel A Reuter, MD         
Principal Investigator: Sebastian A Haas, MD         
University Medicine Rostock Recruiting
Rostock, Germany
Università degli Studi di Ferrara Not yet recruiting
Ferrara, Italy
Università degli Studi di Genova Not yet recruiting
Genoa, Italy
Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau Not yet recruiting
Barcelona, Spain
Hospital Universitari i Politécnic La Fe Not yet recruiting
Valencia, Spain
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
University of Giessen
University of Rostock
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf Identifier: NCT03021525    
Other Study ID Numbers: 301116
First Posted: January 16, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 17, 2020
Last Verified: November 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: To enter a patient into the iPEGASUS trial, research staff at site will log on to a secure web-based randomization system via a link to the respective website and complete the patient's details without individual participant data (name, date of birth etc.) to obtain a unique patient number and allocation to a treatment group. The local main investigator (LMI) will then be informed about patient's enrollment. For correct patient's data follow up only the LMI will set up a list with the possibility to retrace the patient's history. Personalized data will be handled by the LMI according to GCP (good clinical practice) requirements and will be stored separately from the obtained study data. Thereby, data in the eCRF (electronic case report form) itself will not be re-traceable anymore and visible only for the Principal Coordinators (PCs) for data analysis. Data management of the eCRF will be performed by a company specialized in full service study data management.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf:
Goal-directed therapy
postoperative morbidity
haemodynamic optimisation
individualised medicine
Pulse pressure variation
Cardiac output
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Cardiac Output, High
Intraoperative Complications
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathologic Processes