ESETT: Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial

ESETT: Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial

Learn about ESETT, a seizureĀ  study that may affect you or someone you know.

A research trail conducted by The Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) Network and Pediatric Emergency Care & Applied Research Network (PECARN)

Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trail

What is SE?

Status Epilepticus (SE) is defined as a seizure or recurrent seizures lasting longer than five minutes without stopping or waking up. A person whose seizure does not stop after receiving a full dose of medicine (benzodiazepines) to make it stop is considered to have Established Status Epilepticus (ESE).

A prolonged seizure can:

*Happen to someone of any age

*Affect one’s ability to think and remember

*Prevent a person from being able to function normally or independently

*Limit awareness and cause coma

*Cause permanent brain damage

*Cause death

What is ESETT?

Emergency department care of Established Status Epilepticus (ESE) in the US is not the same everywhere. Doctors use their judgement but what treatment will work best is not known. The purpose of this study is to find out which of three commonly used medicines given in the emergency department for (ESE) is safer and more effective.

*phenoytoin (fPHT)

*valproic acid (VPA) and

*Levetiracetam (LVT)

Why do this study?

The best possible outcomes in patients with Established Status Epilepticus (ESE) are likely to depend on a treatment that rapidly stops their seizure.

Who will be included?

*Any patient who is 2 years or older with an

*Active recurrent or ongoing seizure lasting longer than five minutes and

*Has already received an adequate dose of benzodiazepine (like valium) in the past 5-30 minutes to make the seizure stop could be enrolled.

To start 1/3 of all study participants will randomly receive fPHT, 1/3 VPA and 1/3 LVT. After the study medicine is given, blood samples maybe taken to measure the amount of study drug in the blood.

As the study goes on, a higher proportion of patients will be randomized to the drug or drugs which better stop seizures.

If the seizure does not stop doctors will follow their normal procedure and given extra medication to make it stop.

The extra medicine could be one of the three medicines being studied or a different medicine.

What are the benefits?

Because we do not know which treatment is best for treating Established Status Epilepticus, a person enrolled in the study may receive a better medicine to treat their seizures.

Based on the information we get from this study, people who have a seizure in the future may benefit from what is learned from this study.

What are the risks?

There are risks to receiving the study drugs. The risks of the study drugs are similar to those that a patient might have if they receive treatment for their seizures outside of this study.

How is enrollment is ESETT different from other studies?

Normally researchers get permission before person can be included in a study. A person having a seizure will not be able to give consent. Since a seizure that will not be able to give consent. Since a seizure that will not stop on its own must be treated quickly, there will not be enough time to locate and talk to the person’s legal representative about the study without his/her legal representative’s consent. This is called “Exception from Informed Consent” (EFIC). Once the representative is located or the patient wakes up, they will be told about the study and asked to give their permission to continue in the study.

What is EFIC?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency of the federal government that overseas human research protection involving medicines. The FDA has created a set of special rules, called “Exception from Informed Consent” (EFIC). These special rules allow research studies in certain emergency situations to be conducted without consent.

EFIC can only be used when:

*The person’s life is at risk AND

*The best treatment is not known AND

*The study might help the person AND

*It is not possible to get permission:

-from the person because of his or her medical condition nor

-from the person’s guardian because there is a very short amount of time required to treat the medical problem.

Before researchers may do a study using EFIC, they must provide information about the study to the community and get their feedback.

How can i share my opinions about this study?

Before the study starts, meetings will be held in the community to provide information, answer questions and get community members’ thoughts and feelings about the study. You can call the study team to complete a one on one interview about the study. There will also be information about the study in the media (for example, newspapers, TV and radio).

What if I do not want to be included in the study?

There are two methods for opting out:

  1. Through a Medic Alert membership. If you have an existing medic alert tag or bracelet you can add “ESETT Study Declined” to it. If you have a medic alert membership you can add “ESETT Study declined” to you Emergency Medical information Record. If you would like to find out more information about your existing medic alert services or for a new membership visit:

2. Call us to request an Opt Out bracelet be sent you to wear with the words “ESETT declined”. You will need to wear this bracelet at all times during the study period (approximately 5 years) or else you could be enrolled. If you do not participate in the study, you will receive the standard medical treatment provided for established status epilepticus at the hospitalĀ  in your community.

Where can I learn more about the study?

Online at: Or if you would like to know about a community meeting near you or to get more information about the ESETT study, contact a local study team member.

Contact us:


Hackensack University Medical Center

Diana McCarthy, RN BSN BA

RN Research Coordinator

Emergency Trauma Center

(551) 996-3209


NETT & PECARN Networks

The ESETT study is part of the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trails (NETT) and PECARN Networks. Both Networks are funded by the National Institute of Health, an agency of the federal government.

NETT & PECARN conduct studies to learn how to improve emergency care for severe injuries and illnesses of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system in adults and children.

Both Networks include 39 institutions across the county and their surrounding hospitals. The following hospitals that will be participating in ESETT in this area include: Hackensack University Medical Center.

The research study has been reviewed by Hackensack University Medical Center.

Hackensack UMC

30 Prospect Street

Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

(551) 996-2000

Disclaimer: This information came from the Hackensack University Medical Center pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call or email the above number for more information.





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I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to ESETT: Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call or email the above numbers for more information.

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