Rib Fracture clinical trials at UCSD
2 in progress, 1 open to eligible people
Continuous Erector Spinae Plane Blocks for Rib Fractures
open to eligible people ages 18 years and up
Rib fractures are one of the most common injuries in trauma patients. These fractures are associated with significant pain as well as decreased ability to inspire deeply or cough to clear secretions, which together lead to complications of the lungs and breathing which leads to risks of further injury and even death. One recent study found that the ability to move air into and out of the lungs practically doubled with the administration of a single-injection Erector Spainae Plane Block (ESPB) while pain levels nearly halved. However, a single-injection nerve block lasts less than 24 hours while a perineural local anesthetic infusion (also termed a "continuous peripheral nerve block") may be administered for multiple days. This entails inserting a tiny tube through the skin and into the area around the nerves, after which more local anesthetic may be administered prolonging the numbing effects. The possibility of extending the duration of a ESPB with local anesthetic administration via a perineural catheter has not be investigated. We therefore are conducting a randomized, triple-masked, placebo-controlled, parallel-arm study to investigate the addition of a continuous ESPB to a single-injection ESPB following traumatic rib fractures. The primary outcome of this study will be the maximum inspired volume measured by incentive spirometry on the afternoon following the nerve block procedure. We hypothesize that the maximum inspired volume will be significantly increased in the afternoon following the procedure with the addition of a continuous ESPB to a single-injection ESPB.
San Diego, California
Rib Fracture Analgesia Using Cryoanalgesia
Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only
Rib fractures are one of the most common injuries in trauma patients. These fractures are associated with significant pain as well as decreased ability to inspire deeply or cough to clear secretions, which together lead to pulmonary complications and a high degree of morbidity and mortality. Peripheral nerve blocks as well as epidural blocks have been used with success to improve pain control in rib fracture patients and have been associated with decreased pulmonary complications and improved outcomes. However, a single-injection nerve block lasts less than 24 hours; and, even a continuous nerve block is generally limited to 3-4 days. The pain from rib fractures usually persists for multiple weeks or months. In contrast to local anesthetic-induced nerve blocks, a prolonged block lasting a few weeks/months may be provided by freezing the nerve using a process called "cryoneurolysis". The goal of this multicenter, randomized, double-masked, sham-controlled, parallel-arm study is to evaluate the potential of cryoanalgesia to decrease pain and improve pulmonary mechanics in patients with rib fractures.
San Diego, California
Our lead scientists for Rib Fracture research studies include Brian M Ilfeld, MD, MS.