Antibioprophylaxis for Excision-graft Surgery in Burn Patient (A2B-TRIAL)

  • End date
    Jan 9, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Updated on 4 October 2022


The indication of antibiotic prophylaxis in burn patients remains highly controversial and hasn't reached a consensus. The objective of antibiotic prophylaxis would be to reduce the risk of post-operative local and systemic infections. Burn surgery is associated with a high risk of bacteremia and postoperative infections and sepsis. However, antibiotic prophylaxis exposes to the risk of selecting drug-resistant pathogens as well as adverse effects of antibiotics (i.e Clostridium difficile colitis).

Recommendations regarding perioperative prophylaxis using systemic antibiotics vary across sources. The lack of data precludes any international strong recommendations regarding the best strategy regarding antibiotic prophylaxis.

The goal of this project is therefore to determine whether peri-operative systemic antibiotics prophylaxis could reduce the incidence of post-operative infections in burn patients.


The intensive care unit investigator will verify the inclusion and non-inclusion criteria.

The following parameters will be collected at ICU/burn centers: Hemodynamic parameters; sepsis organ failure assessment (SOFA) score, Glasgow Coma scale; Medical history / comorbidities; Concomitant treatment; Burn wound bacterial colonization; Biological parameters.

The inclusion and randomization will be performed as late as possible before the first surgical procedure.

Randomization: Burn patients with deep burn between 5 to 40% TBSA requiring at least one excision surgery graft will be randomized to receive antibioprophylaxis (or placebo) 30 minutes before the incision with either first generation cephalosporin (cefazolin) (if absence of colonization to Pseudomonas aeruginosa); or piperacillin-tazobactam (if the burned area is colonized with Pseudomonas aeruginosa). We chose to target specifically Pseudomonas aeruginosa because it has been associated with significant morbidity and risk of graft lysis in burn patients.

No specific exams are required during the 7 days, 28 days and 90 days follow up visits.

The end of research visit is the 90-day follow-up visit. If the patient has been discharged from the hospital, the 90-day visit will consist of a telephone contact with the patient if he or she has been discharged home or with the medical team of the healthcare structure if the patient has been discharged to another structure.

Condition Burns Surgery
Treatment placebo intervention, Active Intervention
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04292054
SponsorAssistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Last Modified on4 October 2022


Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Patient over 18 years and less than 80 years old
Burned patients requiring at least one excision-graft surgery
Burn TBSA% between 5% and 40%
Signed informed consent or inclusion under the emergency provisions of the law (article L1122-1-2 of the CSP)

Exclusion Criteria

Proven severe allergy to cephalosporin or piperacilline-tazobactam or any other antibacterial agent of the penicillin class
History of severe allergic reaction to any other beta-lactam (eg cephalosporins, monobactams or carbapenems)
Patient on antibiotic therapy at the time of inclusion
Pregnant or breast-feeding patient
Patient not covered by the social security
Patient transferred from another burn Unit
Patient participant in investigational competitive medicinal product study on the primary endpoint
Patient with local or systemic signs of infection requiring systemic antimicrobial therapy
Patient under guardian ship
Patient under curatorship
Known colonization of the burned area to be excised with tazocillin-resistant germ
Obese patient
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