Design and implementation of Pharyngeal electrical Stimulation for early de-cannulation in TRACheotomized (PHAST-TRAC) stroke patients with neurogenic dysphagia: a prospective randomized single-blinded interventional study

Dziewas, Rainer and Mistry, Satish and Hamdy, Shaheen and Minnerup, Jens and Van Der Tweel, Ingeborg and Schäbitz, Wolf and Bath, Philip M. (2017) Design and implementation of Pharyngeal electrical Stimulation for early de-cannulation in TRACheotomized (PHAST-TRAC) stroke patients with neurogenic dysphagia: a prospective randomized single-blinded interventional study. International Journal of Stroke, 12 (4). pp. 430-437. ISSN 1747-4930

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Abstract

Rationale: Ongoing dysphagia in stroke patients weaned from mechanical ventilation often requires long-term tracheotomy to protect the airway from aspiration. In a recently reported single-centre pilot study, a significantly larger proportion (75%) of tracheotomized dysphagic stroke patients regained sufficient control of airway management allowing tracheotomy tube removal (decannulation) 24–72 h after pharyngeal electrical stimulation (PES) compared to controls who received standard therapy over the same time period (20%).

Aim: To assess the safety and efficacy of PES in accelerating dysphagia rehabilitation and enabling decannulation of tracheotomized stroke patients.

Design: International multi-centre prospective randomized controlled single-blind trial in approximately 126 ICU patients (the 90th percentile of the calculated maximum sample size).

Study outcomes: Primary outcome: proportion of stroke patients considered safe for decannulation 24–72 h after PES compared to control patients who do not receive PES. Key secondary outcomes focus on: dysphagia severity, decannulation rates, decannulation rate after a repeat PES treatment in patients persistently dysphagic after an initial PES treatment, stroke severity, duration of ICU-stay, occurrence of adverse events including pneumonia and need for recannulation over 30 days or until hospital discharge (if earlier).

Discussion: Dysphagia and related airway complications are reported as one of the main reasons for stroke patients remaining tracheotomized once successfully weaned from ventilation. This study will evaluate if PES can improve airway safety sufficiently enough to allow earlier tracheotomy tube removal.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Stroke, mechanical ventilation, tracheotomy decannulation, fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, clinical trial protocol
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Clinical Neuroscience
Identification Number: 10.1177/1747493016676618
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2017 10:30
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 04:51
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44941

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