Human Amniotic Versus Synthetic Membrane as a Transient Skin Cover for Pediatric Burns

2016-09-19 20:08:24 | BioPortfolio


This is a randomised trial that aims to evaluate whether a transient skin cover made out of human amniotic membranes is effective in managing burns among pediatric patients. The primary outcome of this trial is the proportion of skin grafted amongst participants. Secondary outcomes include hospital stay and the number of surgical debridements required by included patients.


Patients with burns that compromise 5% or more of total body surface area will be randomised to receive a membrane made out of human amnios or a synthetic cover for the acute phase of care. Eligible participants will be children with acute burns (<24 hours) due to hot liquids that compromise 5% or more of total body surface area.

Patients with burns due to fire, hot surfaces or chemical agents, those with delayed presentation to the emergency department (>24 hours), and patients with burns that compromise the head or scalp (exclusively or in cases where this compromise exceeds 50% of the total body surface area affected by the burn). Patients whose parents do not authorise participation in this trial will also be excluded.

Randomisation will be performed by a statistician unaware of the clinical management of included patients. The specific allocation sequence will be kept hidden from other investigators. Patients, outcome assessors and statisticians will also be kept unaware of treatment allocation. Blinding will be achieved by using image analysis software to assess the primary endpoint. Due to the intervention's characteristics, it will be impossible to perform blinding of the attending surgeon. Analyses will be performed under the intention - to - treat principle.

Amniotic membrane samples will be collected by personnel that shall not provide care for included participants. Samples suitable for donation will come from elective caesarean sections. Once obtained, amniotic membranes will be stored in sterile containers and then sent for irradiation at a facility provided by the Comisión Chilena de Energía Nuclear (Chilean Nuclear Energy Comission). This sampling protocol includes exclusion of relevant infectious diseases as established by the Chilean Ministry of Health.

Study Design

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




Amniotic Membrane Dressing, Synthetic Dressing, Standard Wound Care


Hospital Carlos Van Buren


Active, not recruiting


Universidad de Valparaiso

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-09-19T20:08:24-0400

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