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In this research study we want to learn more about a study drug, tetrasodium sodium EDTA (Kitelock™) for maintaining the patency (blood flow) through a central venous catheter. Catheter occlusions such as blood clots have been shown to increase the risk of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). This treatment consists of instilling a daily a dose of a solution , similar to heparin or saline lock flushes, into the catheter when it is not in use. The aim is to prevent CLABSI without increasing complications such as catheter breakage.


Central Line Complication, Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)

Recruitment Status

Enrolling by invitation

Detailed Description

Parenteral nutrition (PN) is a critical treatment for pediatric patients with intestinal failure (IF), defined as those unable to absorb nutrients enterally due to insufficient bowel length or function. Patients who require long term PN have an indwelling central venous line (CVL) for PN delivery. One risk of long-term PN use is the development of catheter occlusions and interruptions to device's patency. Such obstructions can lead to catheter breakage or embolization of the clot into the bloodstream, which can lead to stroke or death. Other complications related to long term use of indwelling CVLs are central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) and mechanical breakdown of the CVL. This is one of the most common complications of home PN. Among patients with a long-term CVL there are 250,000-500,000 episodes of CLABSI per year and among patients with CVLs for PN a range of 0.87-8.9 CLABSI episodes per 1000 catheter-days has been reported. As stated, the development of CVL occlusions is a major risk associated with long term PN use. It occurs in as many as 25% of CVLs that are placed. Occlusion can be either partial or complete and has been defined as a decreased ability to infuse solutions into or withdraw solutions from a CVL. Occlusion can decrease flow rates, increase resistance and pressure, and potentially cause complete inability to withdraw and/or infuse fluid. Attempts at dissolving the occlusion may lead to catheter weakening or rupture due to the excessive pressure exerted on the device. Occlusions put a patient at further risk of morbidity and mortality due to delays in treatment and nutritional supplementation, or from fibrin deposition and resulting clot contributing to CLABSI. Additionally, the patient may have to undergo further invasive surgical interventions to replace the catheter. Furthermore, the presence of occlusions within the CVL can predispose patients to CLABSIs as the clot can serve as reservoir for bacterial colonization. In some instances, the bacteria associated with the majority of CLABSIs are highly thrombogenic and create an environment suitable for the development additional thrombus. In patients with PN related cholestasis, sepsis is the biggest risk factor leading to the most common cause of death in these patients. Moreover, CLABSI is a major contributor to many other comorbidities (i.e., intestinal failure associated liver disease) and, when recurrent, has been recently shown to be a negative predictor in children who achieved enteral autonomy versus those who did not. CLABSI events are also a significant financial burden to both the patient and healthcare system and compromise to quality of life. Locking solutions have been used in an effort to prevent CVL occlusions and CLABSIs with varying success. In the United States, saline and heparin have been used as the standard of care lock solution for decades. Both lock solutions however have fallen short of protecting patients against CVL complications and heparin has also caused serious systemic side effects as well as promoting biofilm formation within the lumen of CVLs. Compounded lock solutions such as taurolidine, citrate and ethanol and antibiotics have been used in the attempt to reduce CVL complications. Compounded 70% ethanol lock solutions have been used off label to eradicate organisms in biofilms present in CVLs and hence, treat or prevent CLABSIs. Ethanol also decreases the risk of antimicrobial resistance that may occur if concentrated antibiotic locks are used. Since the use of ethanol locks at Boston's Children Hospital (BCH) the CLABSI rate in IF patients dropped from 9.9 to 2.1 per 1000 catheter-days and reduced our morbidity and mortality. Unfortunately ethanol locks may alter the integrity of selected catheter materials, resulting in catheter breakage and leaching of the plasticizer into the bloodstream and frequent catheter occlusions. One meta analysis raised questions about the effect of the ethanol lock on catheter integrity based on the noted increase in catheter repair rates. Moreover, the currently available supply of sterile ethanol that is used to compound the locks has become prohibitively expensive. Homecare companies and retail pharmacies may no longer be able to provide them and it would be a significant out of pocket expense for patients and families if they had to pay for them. This lack of a reliable and affordable source of ethanol for CVL's places these vulnerable patients at a much higher risk of CLABSI and the associated morbidity and mortality. Tetrasodium EDTA Catheter Lock Solution (KiteLock™ 4% Sterile Catheter Lock Solution) is produced by SterileCare Inc (Markham, Ontario, Canada) as a first generation product that focuses on reducing CVL complications. This 4% Tetrasodium EDTA (T-EDTA) solution is a dilution of EDTA in sterile water for injection. It was approved by Health Canada in 2016 as a Class II Medical Device, with Canada being the first market in the world to utilize it. It has subsequently received Canadian approval for use in children in July 2019. It is also currently approved for adult and pediatric use in Europe (CE mark) and Australia. 4% Tetrasodium-EDTA lock solution is known to improve catheter patency by working as an in vitro anticoagulant with in vitro antimicrobial activity against biofilm-forming Gram positive and negative bacteria, fungi and yeast. KiteLock™ 4% does not contribute to antibiotic resistance and does not contain any preservative, antibiotics, ethanol or latex. At the Toronto's Children Hospital in Canada, KiteLock™ 4% has been used since 2017 in their home PN population with previous history of line infections. Since its first approval in Canada, the use of 4% T-EDTA lock solution has been associated with a significant decrease in both catheter occlusions and CLABSI rates in CVLs of adult and pediatric PN patients. Considering the growing concern with the lack of a reliable and affordable source of sterile ethanol injection, it is of the utmost importance to find a safe and effective replacement lock solution that will protect CVL lines against complications to avoid preventable emergency room visits at the hospital. Therefore, based on a positive benefit-risk assessment taking into account its mechanisms of action and prior use children in Canada, KiteLock™ 4% is considered a potential lock replacement for the ethanol lock solution in pediatric PN patients followed by the Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation (CAIR) program at BCH. By following a Compassionate-Use Protocol, selected high-risk PN patients at BCH will be locking their CVLs daily with KiteLock™ 4%, and careful monitoring and follow-up for 12 months will determine the new lock's safety and efficacy in this patient population. These findings will be compared to each patient's previous catheter history 12 months' prior while receiving ethanol lock; in other words, each subject will serve as their own control. 1. Specific Aims /Objectives 1.1 To determine the safety and efficacy profile of 4% T-EDTA lock solution (KiteLock™ 4% Sterile Catheter Lock Solution) acting to maintain catheter patency and thus prevent thrombotic occlusions and related complications. 1.2 To determine whether the pattern of catheter occlusions and catheter breakage in patients receiving 4% T-EDTA lock solution is different than what was experienced when they were previously receiving the compounded 70% ethanol lock solution. Secondary Aims To determine whether the pattern of CLABSIs in patients receiving 4% T-EDTA lock solution is different than what was experienced when they were previously receiving the compounded 70% ethanol lock solution.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Presence of a tunneled central venous catheter or peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) for administration of PN or intravenous hydration fluids to treat intestinal failure
Patients aged 3 months to 18 years old inclusive
Minimum patient weight of at least 5 kilograms
History of at least one thrombolytic occlusion and/or CLABSI event
Signed patient informed consent
Clinically stable for at least 4 weeks with no acute medical co-morbidities

Exclusion Criteria:

Pregnancy or nursing mother
Enrollment in any other clinical trial involving an investigational agent (unless approved by the principal investigators of the other trial)
The parent or guardian or child unwilling to provide consent or assent

Clinical instability such as the following:

Acute pulmonary edema
Acute myocardial infarction
Acute stroke
Acute thromboembolism
Metabolic acidosis
Coagulopathy with prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) or international normalized ratio (INR)
Severe hypoglycemia
Subjects who are hypersensitive or allergic to EDTA
Active therapy with long-term anti-microbial agents, such as taurolidine (not including patients receiving intermittent antimicrobial treatment for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
A compromised catheter defined as one which has been repaired several times.


Intervention Type

Intervention Name


Tetrasodium EDTA Catheter Lock Solution


Not Applicable



Min Age

3 Months

Max Age

18 Years

Download Date

February 22, 2024

Principal Investigator

Mark Puder

Primary Contact Information

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Compassionate-Use of 4% T-EDTA Lock Solution for Central Venous Lines of Pediatric PN Patients NCT04559334