Last updated on April 2019

Relieve the Patient's Thirst Refresh the Mouth First (ICU-MIC)


Brief description of study

Thirst is considered as one of the most distressing symptoms experienced by patients hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Whereas pain is a permanent concern for all caregivers, thirst is often ignored and its complications are poorly known. Mechanisms involved in thirst regulation are numerous and complex. To date, care of thirst is still non optimal. Critically ill patients are usually rehydrated intravenously or using a naso-gastric tube, thus shunting the mouth as a therapeutic target to relieve the patient's thirst.

Water, cold and mint applied in mouth were studied separately and were shown to decrease thirst significantly on animal models and healthy humans.

Therefore, the hypothesis of this study is that application of small mint ice cubes in mouth of very dehydrated ICU patients should allow decreasing quickly and significantly thirst for these patients, before the correction of their biological parameters, like natremia and osmolarity.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03610074

Recruitment Status: Closed


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