European society of intensive care medicine study of therapeutic hypothermia (32-35°C) for intracranial pressure reduction after traumatic brain injury (the Eurotherm3235Trial)

Peter J D Andrews, Helen L. Sinclair, Claire G. Battison, Kees H. Polderman, Giuseppe Citerio, Luciana Mascia, Bridget A. Harris, Gordon D. Murray, Nino Stocchetti, David K. Menon, Haleema Shakur, Daniel De Backer

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Background: Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and severe disability worldwide with 1,000,000 hospital admissions per annum throughout the European Union.Therapeutic hypothermia to reduce intracranial hypertension may improve patient outcome but key issues are length of hypothermia treatment and speed of re-warming. A recent meta-analysis showed improved outcome when hypothermia was continued for between 48 hours and 5 days and patients were re-warmed slowly (1°C/4 hours). Previous experience with cooling also appears to be important if complications, which may outweigh the benefits of hypothermia, are to be avoided.Methods/design: This is a pragmatic, multi-centre randomised controlled trial examining the effects of hypothermia 32-35°C, titrated to reduce intracranial pressure 20 mmHg in accordance with the Brain Trauma Foundation Guidelines, 2007.Discussion: The Eurotherm3235Trial is the most important clinical trial in critical care ever conceived by European intensive care medicine, because it was launched and funded by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and will be the largest non-commercial randomised controlled trial due to the substantial number of centres required to deliver the target number of patients. It represents a new and fundamental step for intensive care medicine in Europe. Recruitment will continue until January 2013 and interested clinicians from intensive care units worldwide can still join this important collaboration by contacting the Trial Coordinating Team via the trial website http://www.eurotherm3235trial.eu.Trial registration: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN34555414.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8
JournalTrials
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 12 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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    Andrews, P. J. D., Sinclair, H. L., Battison, C. G., Polderman, K. H., Citerio, G., Mascia, L., Harris, B. A., Murray, G. D., Stocchetti, N., Menon, D. K., Shakur, H., & De Backer, D. (2011). European society of intensive care medicine study of therapeutic hypothermia (32-35°C) for intracranial pressure reduction after traumatic brain injury (the Eurotherm3235Trial). Trials, 12, [8]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-12-8