Comparison of the Anaesthetic Gases in Maintainance of General Anaesthesia in Paediatrics


Desflurane and Sevoflurane are one of the modern inhalational anaesthetic agents currently in use in anaesthetic practice. The properties of desflurane that has low blood gas solubility coefficient of 0.47 compared to sevoflurane (0.68) made it more advantageous when used with supraglottic airway in maintaining general anaesthesia in paediatrics . It ensures rapid onset and offset of anaesthesia. Rapid recovery profiles especially among pediatric populations is to ensure less complications associated with prolonged recovery of anaesthesia upon emergence from anaesthesia. Nevertherless, desflurane has its drawback which is it can cause airway irritability related to its pungency. Hence, it is not used as an induction anaesthetic agent in paediatrics. This study was done to evaluate the effectiveness of desflurane in comparison to sevoflurane in maintaining spontaneous general anaesthesia in paediatrics population using Ambu AuraGain .

Full Title of Study: “Comparing the Efficacy Between Desflurane and Sevoflurane in Miantainance of Spontaneous General Anaesthesia Using Ambu Aura Gain in Paediatrics Patients”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
    • Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: December 15, 2021

Detailed Description

Research design: 1. Double blinded , randomised controlled trial. 2. Involving paediatrics patients underwent elective surgeries requiring general anaesthesia in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian. 3. The duration of the study is 24 months. METHODOLOGY 1. After Approval from the Ethics Committee of University Sains Malaysia (USM), verbal and written consent will be taken from the patient's parent(s), 1 day prior of the surgery during pre-operative assessment in ward. All medical information of the patient will be kept confidential. 2. The study will be conducted to patient age 3 years to 12 years old, with body weight between 10-30kg after excluding patient who has a upper respiratory tract infection or known susceptible to malignant hyperthermia. 3. Patients who fulfil the inclusion and exclusion criteria during pre-operative assessment will be randomized into two group using computer generated randomization. The number generated will be placed in the envelope and allocation will be done on the day of the study prior to anaesthesia : S group (sevoflurane maintainance anaesthesia) = 40 and D group ( desflurane maintainance anaesthesia ) = 40. 4. Allocation concealment is being applied in this study to prevent selection bias by concealing the allocation sequence until the moment of assessing. 5. Participants and the researcher( whom assessing the outcomes ) are blinded during intervention ( double blinded ), where as the anesthetist in charge ( operator ) is not blinded. 6. Standard monitoring with non invasive blood pressure , electrocardiography capnography,and peripheral oxygen saturation ( SPO2) will be used. 7. Induction of anaesthesia with intravenous fentanyl 2mcg per kg, intravenous propofol of 2mg/kg and 3-4vol% of sevoflurane under 100% O2 mask ventilation. 8. The AmbuAuraGain will be used, with standard insertion technique. 9. After induction of anaesthesia, inhalation agent will be switch immediately according to group allocation for maintainance of anaesthesia. 10. Anaesthesia will be maintained using SEVOFLURANE at MAC of 1.2 to 1.5 for the S group and DESFLURANE at MAC 1.2 to 1.5 for the D group with mixture of oxygen/air mixture for both groups. 11. IV Paracetamol 15mg/kg and IV Fentanyl 0.5mcg/kg will be given as intraoperative analgesia. 12. Short acting opiod : IV fentanyl 0.5mcg per kg can be given as rescue analgesia. 13. At the end of surgery (the last suture put), the inhalational agents will be tapered down and discontinued, 100% oxygen with 6l/min was administered. The Ambu®AuraGain™ will be removed in the operating room once the child is fully awake (i.e: regular breathing, good tidal volume of 6-8ml/kg, gag reflex, grimacing and purposeful movements of the extremities). 14. The child then will be monitored in operating theatre recovery area until the modified Aldrete score reached 8. 15. Perioperative events in the operating room will be recorded by a blinded investigator. Any adverse events and emergence agitation during recovery will be recorded by a blinded nurse until patient is discharged to ward. 16. The first outcome of this study will be the intraoperative hemodynamics during maintainance of anaesthesia. 17. Baseline hemodynamic (blood pressure, heart rate, mean arterial pressure) of the patient during pre-intubation will be taken. After successful intubation, patient haemodynamics will be recorded at 10 minutes interval until 60 minutes and also during pre extubation and post extubation. 18. Second outcome will be the time of emergence ( the time interval from gas being off to patient awake,i.e: spontaneous eyes opening) , emergence agitation in recovery area, and the respiratory adverse events that occurs during maintainance of anaesthesia and emergence . 19. The respiratory events which will be recorded are, (ie: breath holding , bronchospasm, coughing, laryngospasm, copious secretions ( which required suctioning), desaturations ( SpO2 < than 90% ). SAMPLE SIZE ESTIMATION Objective 1 : hemodynamic changes ( heart rate) To estimate the sample size for our study we utilized the G.Power sample size calculator software version 3.1 – Anova : repeated measures . Parametres used in the sample size are : Effect size f : 0.39 ( for heart rate , Akhtam A. Shoukry et al,2016) – 0.05 power : 0.80 number of groups: 2 number of measurements: 10 Standard Deviation within each group : 8.97 Mean group 1 : 68.04, mean group 2 : 75.09 Sample size is 32 per group. Estimated sample size with 10% drop out rate : 70 Objective 2 : Emergence time To estimate the sample size for our study we utilized the PS: Power and Sample Size Calculations software,version 3.0. We applied the independent t-test. Parametres used in the sample size are : Standard Deviation = 3.9 ( Demirbilek,2004) Mean difference = 3.8 ( expert opinion ) = 0.05 power = 0.80 m = 1 Sample size is 18 per group. Estimated sample size with 10% drop out rate :40 Objective 3 : Coughing on emergence To estimate the sample size for our study, we utilized the PS: Power and Sample Size Calculations software,version 3.0. We applied the Dichotomous independent , two proportions,uncorrected chi-square test. Parametres used in the sample size calculations are : = 0.05, power = 0.80, m = 1, P0 = 0.49 ( proportion of desflurane among patients who did not cough), Paul at al,2010). P1 = 0.8 ( proportion of desflurane among patients who did cough,) expert opinion ). Sample size is 36 per group. Estimated sample size with 10% drop out rate : 80 STATISTICAL DATA ANALYSIS OBJECTIVE 1: numerical data will be analysed using ANOVA: repeated measures. OBJECTIVE 2: Numerical data will be analysed using independent t test. OBJECTIVE 3: Categorical data will be analysed using uncorrected chi square test.



Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: DESFLURANE
    • desflurane group- this group of patients will be induced with sevoflurane and maintained with desflurane during spontaneous general anaesthesia
  • Active Comparator: SEVOFLURANE
    • the controlled group.patients will be induced and maintained with sevoflurane through out spontaneous general anaesthesia.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • To compare the blood pressure intraoperatively between desflurane and sevoflurane.
    • Time Frame: up to 18 months
    • by measuring the blood pressure
  • To compare the heart rate intraoperatively between desflurane and sevoflurane.
    • Time Frame: up to 18 months
    • by measuring the heart rate
  • To compare the mean arterial pressure intraoperatively between desflurane and sevoflurane.
    • Time Frame: up to 18 months
    • by measuring the mean arterial pressure

Secondary Measures

  • To compare the emergence time ( interval from gas being off to patient awake).
    • Time Frame: up to 18 months
    • to time how many minutes
  • To compare the respiratory events intraoperative and post operative
    • Time Frame: up to 18 months
    • to observe for the signs :breath holding, bronchospasm,coughing, secretions,desaturations

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Aged: 3 years to 12 years old. – ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologist) I – BMI (body mass index) less than 95 centile according to age, sex, height – Preoperative assessment shows low risk of aspiration and no features of difficult intubation. – No history of difficult intubation or history of admission to ICU for airway complication. – Operation duration less or equal 2 hours using AmbuAuraGain. Exclusion Criteria:

  • Parent refusal for study participation to give informed consent. – Patients who had an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) within previous 2 weeks or any respiratory disease ( bronchial asthma, hyperactive airway,sleep apnea, chronic lung disease) – Known susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia (MH) – History of moderate to severe hepatic dysfunction following anaesthesia with desflurane not otherwise explained.

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 3 Years

Maximum Age: 12 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Rhendra Hardy Mohamad Zaini, Senior Consultant Anesthetist and lecturer – Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Rhendra Hardy Mohamed Zaini, Principal Investigator, University Sains Malaysia
  • Overall Contact(s)
    • Rhendra Hardy Mohamed Zaini, MD, Mmed, 006097676099,


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