Trauma clinical trials at UCSD
2 research studies 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
Humacyte Human Acellular Vessel (HAV) in Patients With Vascular Trauma
open to eligible people ages 18-85
This study evaluates the use of the Human Acellular Vessel (HAV) in adults with vascular trauma below the neck who are undergoing vascular reconstructive surgery. There will be a torso cohort and a limb cohort. All subjects will be implanted with a HAV as an interposition vessel or bypass using standard vascular surgical techniques. There is no control arm.
La Jolla, California and other locations
Our lead scientists for Trauma research studies include Brian M Ilfeld, MD, MS.