Development of pk/pd Model of Propofol in Patients With Severe Burns (HUAPQ)


Victor Contreras, MSN




Operative Wound


Drug: Propofol
Device: BIS

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Burn injuries are a prevalent problem. Actually, in Chile the Ministry of Health has recorded 6435 hospital burns and has reported 569 deaths from this cause. The specific mortality rate for burning in Chile was 4.5 per 100,000 inhabitants per year. Survival in extensive burns has progressively improved, thanks to advances in understanding the pathophysiology of the burn and its more aggressive treatment. This requires effective prehospital treatment, transportation, resuscitation, support of vital functions and repair of the skin cover. Much of the procedures performed in large burns require general anesthesia. Being Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) with propofol an alternative that would have advantages over inhalational anesthesia, as a decrease in postoperative nausea and vomiting and produce less environmental pollution 3 and the antihyperalgesic effect of propofol. Within TIVA - Target Control Infusion (TCI) - uses infusion systems that incorporate PK-PD models for predict the dose of drug required to reach a certain concentration in the target organ. The formulation of a PK model that considers the variables of this group of patients, such as: degree of injury, inflammatory state and compromised body surface; associated with general variables such as: age, weight and nutrition, it would allow to reduce the predictive error in this population, thus improving the dosing of these patients when using TCI. Given the lack evidence on the PK-PD of propofol is this group of patients burned, has led to raise the development of this study that seeks to develop a PK-PD model that fits them.

Full description

Patients will be invited to participate before surgery, the inclusion criteria will be revised and the informed consent will be signed. In the operating room will be recorded demographic data and relevant background such as: Age, Weight, Size, BMI, Lean Mass, Fat Mass and Total body water among others. Afterwards, in the operating room, the patient will be monitored regularly: ECG (DII) if feasible and pulse oximetry. An arterial catheter will be installed for monitoring and taking blood samples during the intraoperative period. In addition, the EEG will be monitored through a frontal electroencephalographic monitoring (BIS) system; that will be recorded throughout the surgery. The anesthetic induction will be with propofol and remifentanil. The propofol will be administered using an initial bolus of 1-2 mg / kg according to the criteria of the anesthetist and then a continuous infusion of 10 mg / kg / hr that will be adjusted adjusted to maintain a BIS between 40 and 60. Plasma samples of propofol: arterial samples of 3-4 ml will be taken at 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 and/or 120 min after beginning the administration of propofol. Subsequently samples will be taken at 0, 5, 15, 30, 60, 120, 240 min and at 6-12 hrs after stopping the infusion of propofol. The samples will be centrifuged and stored at -20 ° C until analysis by HPLC.


15 patients




18 to 65 years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Severe burns with life risk that require treatment in Burn Units and / or Critical Patient Units.
  • In spontaneous ventilation
  • SAS 4

Exclusion criteria

  • Electric burns
  • ASA IV o V
  • Inability to install BIS

Trial design

15 participants in 1 patient group

Severe burn adult under general anesthesia with propofol + remifentanil evaluation of propofol effect using BIS
Device: BIS
Drug: Propofol

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