ICULIP, Influence of Two Lipid Emulsions in the Nosocomial Infection in Critical Patients

2014-08-27 03:41:41 | BioPortfolio


This study aims to analyse the effect of two total parenteral nutrition diets with lipid emulsions of different compositions on the incidence of nosocomial infection in critical patients. One diet will contain an MCT/LCT emulsion concentrated to 20% (50:50 ratio) and the other will comprise an MCT/LCT/fish oil emulsion (50:40:10 ratio). The secondary objective of this study is to analyse mortality in hospital and up to 6 months of discharge.


During the last years the most widely used lipid emulsion for parenteral nutrition has been based on soybean oil. This first generation of lipid emulsions used in TPN contained w-6 series polyunsaturated long-chain fatty acids (LCT) from soy, maize, sunflower and safflower oil. LCT contain an excess of linoleic acid which, when metabolised, produce large quantities of arachidonic acid and its metabolites. Although the generally used doses seem safe (1-2 g/kg/day by continuous perfusion), alterations in pulmonary function in patients with acute adult respiratory distress syndrome have been described, as have alterations in platelet function, hepatic function and haemodynamics, which are attributed to the excess of said metabolites. However, the most important side effect of the LCT lipid infusions is its influence on the immune response. Experimental and clinical studies show that LCT can interfere with various stages of the immune response such as the production of antibodies, complement synthesis, granulocytic and lymphocytic activity and the reticuloendothelial system. Various hypotheses have been formulated to explain the modulator effect of the polyunsaturated fatty acids on immune function: changes in the permeability of the cellular membrane, modifications in the synthesis of eicosanoids and the presence of peroxides derived from the oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

In summary, although linoleic acid as a dietary essential fatty acid is important, its excessive intake is associated with undesirable immunological and inflammatory events. Thus it is recommended that soybean oil should be partly replaced by other lipids.

To avoid these side effects the second generation lipid emulsions were developed. These contain a combination of medium- and long-chain fatty acids (MCT/LCT) with lower w-6 fatty acid content. MCT/LCT lipid emulsions are safe and do not produce biochemical or metabolic alterations or gaseous exchange in patients with ARDS. MCT/LCT combinations seem to reduce the generation of eicosanoids and do not alter the immune response in in-vitro and experimental studies. The impact of these differences on the nosocomial infection and the clinical prognosis of the patients has not been studied sufficiently despite the fact that some studies show reduced mortality and morbidity using MCT/LCT emulsions when compared with the use of pure LCT emulsions. MCT/LCT emulsions are normally used in clinical practice on patients that have required parenteral nutrition for 20 years.

Recently, the clinical use in artificial nutrition of omega-3 series polyunsaturated fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) present in many fish oils has been significant. EPA is a precursor to certain eicosanoid series that compensate the proinflammatory effects of the eicosanoids in arachidonic acid (omega-6 series). The objective is immunomodulation to attenuate the inflammatory response of patients without negatively impacting on the immune function. The use of enteral diets enriched with omega-3 series fatty acids (fish oil) in post-operation cancer patients showed a reduction in the number of days in hospital and infectious complications.

The use of fish oil or fat emulsions enriched with fish oil (omega-3) in parenteral nutrition has already been the subject of various studies: where modulation of the inflammatory response markers has been shown, reduces the stay in hospital and the need for mechanical ventilation in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery, reduces the stay in hospital in patients undergoing digestive surgery… So, w-3 lipids exhibit strong immunologic properties. They offer the possibility to counterbalance the negative effects of conventional w-6 fatty acids. Recent studies exhibit positive effects of intravenous use of fish oil on immunologic functions and clinical parameters in surgical and septic patients

The purpose of this study is to analyse the effect of two total parenteral nutrition diets with lipid emulsions of different compositions on the incidence of nosocomial infection in critical patients. One diet will contain an MCT/LCT emulsion concentrated to 20% (50:50 ratio) (w3:w6 is 1:7) and the other will comprise an MCT/LCT/fish oil emulsion (50:40:10 ratio) (w3:w6 is 1:2,7). The secondary objective of this study is to analyse mortality in hospital and up to 6 months after discharge.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Critical Illness


MCT/LCT (1:1), MCT/LCT/omega-3 (5:4:1)


Hospital Son Dureta
Palma de Mallorca




B. Braun Medical SA

Results (where available)

View Results


Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:41:41-0400

Clinical Trials [879 Associated Clinical Trials listed on BioPortfolio]

A Trial of Enteral Colostrum on Clinical Outcomes in Critically Ill Patients

Enteral administration of immune-modulating nutrients such as glutamine, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and antioxidants has been suggested to reduce infections and improve recovery from c...

Functional Outcomes in Children Post Critical Illness

Improvements in medical care have led to decreasing mortality rates in critically ill children, which have been reported to be as low as 5%. However, surviving critical illness does not ne...

Characterising Changes in Muscle Quantity and Quality in Patients Requiring ECMO Oxygen During Critical Illness

This study will identify the changes in different muscles of patients receiving Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) during critical illness and admission to Intensive Care Unit (ICU...

Skeletal Muscle Wasting and Renal Dysfunction After Critical Illness Trauma - Outcomes Study

This study aims to determine changes in kidney function during and after critical illness, comparing conventional creatinine based methods with the gold standard to accurately establish th...

Rehabilitation Following Critical Illness

The principal research question to be answered by this study is whether an exercise based rehabilitative intervention following critical illness can generate improvements in exercise capac...

PubMed Articles [6519 Associated PubMed Articles listed on BioPortfolio]

The effect of critical illness insurance in China.

Critical illness insurance to reduce the incidence of catastrophic health expenditure was implemented in China in 2012. The aim of this study is to explore the implementation status and medical guaran...

Outcomes of critical illness: what is meaningful?

In this review, we will discuss efforts and challenges in understanding and developing meaningful outcomes of critical care research, quality improvement and policy, which are patient-centered and goa...

Patients' perceptions and ICU clinicians predictions of quality of life following critical illness.

To determine how patients perceive their quality of life (QOL) six months following critical illness and to measure clinicians' discriminative accuracy of predicting this outcome.

Incidence and risk factors for alopecia in survivors of critical illness: A multi-centre observational study.

To investigate the incidence, nature and risk factors for patient-reported alopecia in survivors of critical illness.

Sleep quality in survivors of critical illness.

There is limited data regarding the sleep quality in survivors of critical illness, while the time course of the sleep abnormalities observed after ICU discharge is not known. The aim of this study wa...

Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

FATTY ACIDS which have the first unsaturated bond in the sixth position from the omega carbon. A typical American diet tends to contain substantially more omega-6 than OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS.

A disease or state in which death is possible or imminent.

A neurotoxic peptide, which is a cleavage product (VIa) of the omega-Conotoxin precursor protein contained in venom from the marine snail, CONUS geographus. It is an antagonist of CALCIUM CHANNELS, N-TYPE.

A group of fatty acids, often of marine origin, which have the first unsaturated bond in the third position from the omega carbon. These fatty acids are believed to reduce serum triglycerides, prevent insulin resistance, improve lipid profile, prolong bleeding times, reduce platelet counts, and decrease platelet adhesiveness.

Peptide neurotoxins from the marine fish-hunting snails of the genus CONUS. They contain 13 to 29 amino acids which are strongly basic and are highly cross-linked by disulfide bonds. There are three types of conotoxins, omega-, alpha-, and mu-. OMEGA-CONOTOXINS inhibit voltage-activated entry of calcium into the presynaptic membrane and therefore the release of ACETYLCHOLINE. Alpha-conotoxins inhibit the postsynaptic acetylcholine receptor. Mu-conotoxins prevent the generation of muscle action potentials. (From Concise Encyclopedia Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 3rd ed)

More From BioPortfolio on "ICULIP, Influence of Two Lipid Emulsions in the Nosocomial Infection in Critical Patients"

Quick Search


Relevant Topics

Public Health
Alternative Medicine Cleft Palate Complementary & Alternative Medicine Congenital Diseases Dentistry Ear Nose & Throat Food Safety Geriatrics Healthcare Hearing Medical Devices MRSA Muscular Dyst...

Antiretroviral Therapy Clostridium Difficile Ebola HIV & AIDS Infectious Diseases Influenza Malaria Measles Sepsis Swine Flu Tropical Medicine Tuberculosis Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic...

Women's Health
Women's Health - key topics include breast cancer, pregnancy, menopause, stroke Follow and track Women's Health News on BioPortfolio: Women's Health News RSS Women'...

Searches Linking to this Trial