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|Title:||Restrictive versus liberal fluid therapy in major abdominal surgery (RELIEF): rationale and design for a multicentre randomised trial||Authors:||Bellomo, R
|Issue Date:||2017||Source:||7:e015358||Abstract:||Introduction The optimal intravenous fluid regimen for patients undergoing major abdominal surgery is unclear. However, results from many small studies suggest a restrictive regimen may lead to better outcomes. A large, definitive clinical trial evaluating perioperative fluid replacement in major abdominal surgery, therefore, is required. Methods/analysis We designed a pragmatic, multicentre, randomised, controlled trial (the RELIEF trial). A total of 3000 patients were enrolled in this study and randomly allocated to a restrictive or liberal fluid regimen in a 1:1 ratio, stratified by centre and planned critical care admission. The expected fluid volumes in the first 24 hour from the start of surgery in restrictive and liberal groups were ≤3.0 L and ≥5.4 L, respectively. Patient enrolment is complete, and follow-up for the primary end point is ongoing. The primary outcome is disability-free survival at 1 year after surgery, with disability defined as a persistent (at least 6 months) reduction in functional status using the 12-item version of the World Health Organisation Disability Assessment Schedule. Ethics/dissemination The RELIEF trial has been approved by the responsible ethics committees of all participating sites. Participant recruitment began in March 2013 and was completed in August 2016, and 1-year follow-up will conclude in August 2017. Publication of the results of the RELIEF trial is anticipated in early 2018.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/11055/274||DOI:||10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015358||PubMed URL:||http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/3/e015358||ISSN:||2044-6055||Study Name:||Trial registration number ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01424150.||Journal Title:||BMJ Open||Type:||Journal Article||Affiliates:||Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists||Study/Trial:||Clinical Trial|
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