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Anesthesia clinical trials at UC Health
8 in progress, 7 open to new patients

  • Assessment of Ventilatory Management During General Anesthesia for Robotic Surgery

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    The aim of this study is to assess the incidence of postoperative pulmonary complications in patients undergoing mechanical ventilation during general anesthesia for robotic surgery, to characterize current practices of mechanical ventilation and to evaluate a possible association between ventilatory parameters and postoperative pulmonary complications.

    at UCSF

  • Cognitive Effects of Anesthesia on Children

    open to eligible people ages 6-11

    Anesthesia for more than 120 minutes given to children less than 2 years of age without coexisting diseases of the central nervous system or the heart cause long-term impairment of recognition memory.

    at UCSF UC Davis

  • Does Single Injection Adductor Canal Block Improve Postoperative Analgesia in Patients Receiving Periarticular Local Anesthesia Injections for Total Knee Arthroplasty?

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    The purpose of the study is to determine the effect of a single injection adductor canal block (ACB) on pain scores within 24 hours post total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

    at UC Irvine

  • Esophageal Manometry During Recovery From Anesthesia: Pilot Study

    open to eligible people ages 18-70

    1. An intact pharyngoesophageal reflex is essential to protect the upper airway from aspiration of either mouth contents or regurgitated gastric refluxate. This reflex is essential at protecting the airway in all patients. 2. In patients, while under general anesthesia, it is postulated that an identifiable upper esophageal sphincter and esophageal peristalsis are not present. 3. With the cessation of general anesthetics, accompanied by the reversal of nerve block, normal pharyngoesophageal peristaltic activity correlates with awakening the patient from anesthesia. This would be identified by the performance of esophageal manometry. 4. A return of normal verbally stimulated pharyngoesophageal swallowing sequence accurately identifies a safe time to remove endotracheal tubes and/or reverse anesthesia. This verbally stimulated swallowing sequence correlated precisely with the return of objective pharyngoesophageal function.

    at UCSF

  • Perioperative Virtual Reality for Pediatric Anesthesia

    open to eligible people ages 5-12

    The goal of this study is to evaluate the use of immersive audiovisual distraction and virtual reality to reduce perioperative anxiety in pediatric patients undergoing surgery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The study plans to employ virtual reality headsets during induction of anesthesia in pediatric patients for elective surgery in a randomized clinical trial.

    at UCSF

  • Pharmacokinetics of Understudied Drugs Administered to Children Per Standard of Care

    open to eligible people ages up to 21 years

    Understudied drugs will be administered to children per standard of care as prescribed by their treating caregiver and only biological sample collection during the time of drug administration will be involved. A total of approximately 7000 children aged <21 years who are receiving these drugs for standard of care will be enrolled and will be followed for up a maximum of 90 days. The goal of this study is to characterize the pharmacokinetics of understudied drugs for which specific dosing recommendations and safety data are lacking. The prescribing of drugs to children will not be part of this protocol. Taking advantage of procedures done as part of routine medical care (i.e. blood draws) this study will serve as a tool to better understand drug exposure in children receiving these drugs per standard of care. The data collected through this initiative will also provide valuable pharmacokinetic and dosing information of drugs in different pediatric age groups as well as special pediatric populations (i.e. obese).

    at UCSD UCLA

  • Regional Versus General Anesthesia for Promoting Independence After Hip Fracture

    “Which anesthesia is better for hip fracture surgery patients, regional block anesthesia or general anesthesia?”

    open to eligible people ages 50 years and up

    The purpose of this study is to find out if two types of standard care anesthesia are the same or if one is better for people who have hip fractures.

    at UC Davis

  • Comparing Through-the-Needle With Suture-Method Catheter Designs for Popliteal Nerve Blocks

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    Following painful surgical procedures, postoperative analgesia is often provided with a single-injection peripheral nerve block. Hothe investigatorsver, even with the longest-acting FDA-approved local anesthetic currently available-bupivacaine-the block duration is measured in hours, while the surgical pain may persist for days. A continuous peripheral nerve block allows a prolonged block, consisting of a percutaneously-inserted catheter with its orifice adjacent to a target nerve/plexus through which local anesthetic may be administered. Two basic perineural catheter designs currently exist: (1) catheters that are inserted either through or over a straight hollow-bore needle; and, (2) catheters that are attached to the back of a hollow suture-shaped needle that pulls the catheter adjacent to the target nerve ("suture-method" design). To date, a comparison of the relative risks and benefits of these two designs have not been investigated. The investigators therefore propose a randomized, observer-masked, controlled, parallel-arm, clinical trial to compare these two catheter designs when used to provide post-surgical analgesia following foot and ankle surgery.

    at UCSD

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