The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, is looking for individuals to participate in clinical studies. Participating in clinical trials allows you to play an active role in research on the nature and causes of many disorders of the brain and nervous system, and to possibly help physician-scientists develop future treatments. The information below is designed to help you quickly learn about actively recruiting research studies for which you or someone you know may be eligible.


To determine if prehospital administration of 7.5% Hypertonic Saline in 6% Dextran-70 (HSD) OR 7.5% Hypertonic Saline (HS) compared to current standard therapy with NS as an initial resuscitation fluid affects neurological outcome following severe traumatic brain injury. Trauma is the leading cause of death among North Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 years. The majority of these deaths result from hypovolemic shock or severe brain injury. Patients in hypovolemic shock develop a state of systemic tissue ischemia then a subsequent reperfusion injury at the time of fluid resuscitation. Conventional resuscitation involves the IV administration of a large volume of isotonic or slightly hypotonic (lactated ringers, LR) solutions beginning in the pre-hospital setting. Although not conclusive, prior studies have suggested that alternative resuscitation with hypertonic saline (7.5%) solutions may reduce morbidity or mortality in these patients. Furthermore, hypertonic fluids may have specific advantages in the brain-injured patient, as they may aid in the rapid restoration of cerebral perfusion and prevent extravascular fluid sequestration, thereby limiting secondary brain injury. In addition, recent studies have demonstrated that hypertonicity significantly alters the activation of inflammatory cells, an effect that may reduce subsequent organ injury from ischemia-reperfusion and decrease nosocomial infection. This study is a randomized, double-blind, three-arm placebo controlled trial designed to evaluate the clinical outcome of trauma patients with severe TBI as manifested by a pre-hospital GCS of 8 or less. Patients will be randomized to a single 250cc IV dose of 7.5% saline in 6% Dextran-70 (HSD), 7.5% saline (HS) or normal saline as the initial fluid for pre-hospital resuscitation. No additional interventions will occur once the patient is admitted to the hospital. In hospital data collection will last up to 28 days. Patients will have neurologic outcome measurements at discharge, 1 month post discharge, and 6 months post injury. Enrollment will be restricted to age ≥ 15 years or ≥ 50 kg if age is unknown.

Eligibility Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - Blunt trauma - Pre-hospital Glasgow Coma Scale equal to or less than 8(GCS≤8)* - Age 15 years or older or 50 kg or more - Patients who met the inclusion criteria above and did not meet the exclusion criteria below but who had systolic blood pressure (SBP) ≤70 or SBP>70 and SBP≤90 and heart rate (HR)≥108 were included in the Hypertonic Resuscitation following Traumatic Injury study that focused on shock patients who may or may not have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In other words, patients with both TBI and shock would not be included in this study of TBI patients without shock at the time of enrollment. Exclusion Criteria: - Known or suspected pregnancy - Age younger than 15 years or less than 50 kg if age unknown - Ongoing pre-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - Administration of more than 2L crystalloid or any colloid or blood products - Severe hypothermia (T less than 28C) - Drowning or asphyxia due to hanging - Burns TBSA more than 20% - Isolated penetrating injury to the head - Inability to obtain pre-hospital intravenous access - Time of call received at dispatch to study intervention more than four hours - Known prisoners

Study Design:

Study Location:

Multiple U.S. Locations