Last updated on February 2018

ANI and NoL Index Variations After Standard Nociceptive Stimulus at 0 50 25 % of Inhaled N2O in the Anesthetic Mixture


Brief description of study

N2O has been used during general anesthesia (GA) for more than 100 years. It is known to have anesthetic agents sparing effect. But small is know on his real analgesic effect during GA. So far, the only way to monitor pain during GA was based on vital signs that are not specific and not sensitive. Few devices tried to evaluated pain under GA during the last 2 decades. More recently, better devices were proposed such as the Physiodoloris device and the PMD200 device. The first offers an index called ANI based on heart rate variability (HRV) assessment. The second offers the NoL index based on the analysis of 5 parameters. The aim of the present study is to evaluate quantitatively the analgesic index of N2O during GA using the two indices ANI and NoL.

Detailed Study Description

Title: Assessment of the intraoperative analgesic effect of 50%/50% Nitrous Oxide / Oxygen inhalation by the pain index ANI following a standardized electrical forearm stimulus in patients undergoing laparotomies under general anesthesia and with an intraoperative active epidural analgesia. Comparison to the new NoL analgesic index.

Objectives: To observe the variations of the intraoperative pain indexes ANI and NoL after a classical and standardized electrical stimulation of the forearm (applied with the commonly used nerve stimulator we use for muscle relaxation monitoring) at different concentrations of inhaled Nitrous Oxide (N2O) (from 0% to 50%, concentrations that are commonly used in daily anesthesia). This will allow a quantification of the analgesic effect of N2O.

Study Design: Prospective, open label, observational and descriptive study Subject Population: Adult patients scheduled to undergo abdominal surgery by laparotomy under general anesthesia with an active intraoperative epidural analgesia Sample Size: 40 patients will be evaluated in this study Study Duration: 1 year Study Center: Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Adverse Events: None expected

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02701478

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