Upper gastrointestinal (GIT) bleeding is common in high risk critically ill patients. Hyperacidity has been identified as one of the main reasons for bleeding.1 2 Antacids with different treatment modalities have been studied to establish the best regimen for prophylaxis against bleeding.3 4 Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are the most common drugs used in the medical field as antacids. The present study was carried out to investigate the beneficial effects of high dose omeprazole versus standard low dose as a prophylaxis against upper GIT bleeding in high risk critically ill patients.
Full Title of Study: “The Effectiveness of Standard Single Dose Omeprazole Versus High Dose Continuous Infusion in High-risk Critically Ill Patients.”
- Study Type: Interventional
- Study Design
- Allocation: Randomized
- Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
- Primary Purpose: Prevention
- Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
- Study Primary Completion Date: August 14, 2017
A hundred and ten high risk critically ill patients were divided into two groups, fify five patients each. Group A received intravenous (IV) omeprazole 40mg bolus dose once daily followed by normal saline infusion. Group B received IV bolus of 80 mg omeprazole followed by 8mg/h infusion. The treatment was for the whole period of ICU stay. Gastric pH, residual gastric volume, signs of significant upper GIT bleeding, ICU stay Hb, number of ventilator free days, ICU stay haemoglobin (Hb), number of red cell units transfused in ICU, ICU stay, and numbers of ICU survivors were recorded.
- Drug: Omeprazole
- Omeprazole 80 mg continues infusion
- Drug: Placebo group
- Omeprazole 40 mg single daily dose.
Arms, Groups and Cohorts
- Active Comparator: Omeprazole group
- Patients received intravenous bolus of 80 mg omeprazole followed by 8mg/h infusion for the whole period of ICU stay.
- Placebo Comparator: Placebo group
- Patients received intravenous omeprazole 40mg bolus dose once daily followed by normal saline infusion.
Clinical Trial Outcome Measures
- Significant upper gastrointestinal bleeding
- Time Frame: 20 days during ICU stay.
- Vomiting of fresh blood, melena, or haematemesis.
Participating in This Clinical Trial
- Mechanically ventilated patients were identified as high risk patients. Patients with nasogastric tube inserted as part of their medical care were included in the study.
- Patients admitted because of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, patients who were not scheduled for early enteral nutrition during the first 24 hours of intensive care unit (ICU) admission, patients with bleeding disorders, renal replacement therapy, history of gastric ulcer, gastric surgery, and the use of gastric antacids before ICU admission.
Gender Eligibility: All
Minimum Age: 21 Years
Maximum Age: 70 Years
Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No
- Lead Sponsor
- Menoufia University
- Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
- Principal Investigator: Dr Ezzeldin Ibrahim, Assistant Professor in anaesthesia, intensive care, and pain medicine. – Menoufia University
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