Supplemental Oxygen and Complications After Abdominal Surgery (The PROXI-trial)

2014-07-23 21:35:32 | BioPortfolio


Aim: To investigate the effect of high intra- and postoperative oxygen concentration (80%, as opposed to normally 30%) on surgical wound infection and pulmonary complications after abdominal surgery.

Background: Surgical wound infection is a common and serious complication. Tissue oxygen tension is often low after surgery and the resistance against infection depends on this factor through bacterial killing by neutrophils. Oxygen is a substrate in this reaction, and it is hypothesized that by increasing the arterial oxygen tension, the risk of surgical wound infection is reduced. Previous studies to test this hypothesis have shown entirely different results. Hence, the clinical decision between high and normal oxygen concentration is still controversial.

Primary hypothesis of study: Use of 80% oxygen decreases the incidence of surgical wound infection after abdominal surgery.

Secondary objectives: To investigate the effect 80% oxygen on pulmonary complications (atelectasis, pneumonia, respiratory insufficiency), second operation, mortality and length of postoperative hospitalization and admission to intensive care unit after abdominal surgery.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention






Aarhus Sygehus




Rigshospitalet, Denmark

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Incision into the side of the abdomen between the ribs and pelvis.

The rate at which oxygen is used by a tissue; microliters of oxygen STPD used per milligram of tissue per hour; the rate at which oxygen enters the blood from alveolar gas, equal in the steady state to the consumption of oxygen by tissue metabolism throughout the body. (Stedman, 25th ed, p346)

Stable oxygen atoms that have the same atomic number as the element oxygen, but differ in atomic weight. O-17 and 18 are stable oxygen isotopes.

Molecules or ions formed by the incomplete one-electron reduction of oxygen. These reactive oxygen intermediates include SINGLET OXYGEN; SUPEROXIDES; PEROXIDES; HYDROXYL RADICAL; and HYPOCHLOROUS ACID. They contribute to the microbicidal activity of PHAGOCYTES, regulation of signal transduction and gene expression, and the oxidative damage to NUCLEIC ACIDS; PROTEINS; and LIPIDS.

Unstable isotopes of oxygen that decay or disintegrate emitting radiation. O atoms with atomic weights 13, 14, 15, 19, and 20 are radioactive oxygen isotopes.

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