Maximizing the Efficacy of Sedation and Improving Brain Injury and Survival in Septic Patients With Acute Respiratory Failure (The MENDS2 Study)
Ventilated ICU patients frequently have sepsis and the majority have delirium, a form of brain dysfunction that is an independent predictor of increased risk of dying, length of stay, costs, and prolonged cognitive impairment in survivors. Universally prescribed sedative medications—the GABA-ergic benzodiazepines—worsen this brain organ dysfunction. The available alternative sedation regimens, the shorter acting GABA-ergic propofol, and the alpha2 agonist, dexmedetomidine, have both been shown to be superior to benzodiazepines, and yet are different with regard to their effects on innate immunity, bacterial clearance, apoptosis, cognition and delirium. The MENDS2 study will compare propofol and dexmedetomidine, and determine the best sedative medication to reduce delirium and improve survival and long-term brain function in our most vulnerable patients— the ventilated septic patient.
This research study is led by Dr. Bogdan Tiru.
Contact: Sarah Romain, 413-794-4889
August 01, 2012
Pulmonary/ Critical Care
Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA
Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Consecutive patients will be eligible for inclusion in the MENDS2 study if they are:  adult patients (≥18 years old)  in a medical and/or surgical ICU and  on MV and requiring sedation and  have suspected or known infection
- Rapidly resolving organ failure, indicated by planned immediate discontinuation of MV, at time of screening for study enrollment
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Severe dementia or neurodegenerative disease, defined as either impairment that prevents the patient from living independently at baseline or IQCODE >4.5, measured using a patient's qualified surrogate. This exclusion also pertains to mental illnesses requiring long-term institutionalization, acquired or congenital mental retardation, severe neuromuscular disorders, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease. It also excludes patients in coma or with severe deficits due to structural brain diseases such as stroke, intracranial hemorrhage, cranial trauma, malignancy, anoxic brain injury, or cerebral edema.
Interventional (Clinical Trial), Randomized