MalPEG-hemoglobin (MP4) improves hemodynamics, acid-base status, and survival after uncontrolled hemorrhage in anesthetized swine

Crit Care Med. 2005 Aug;33(8):1794-804. doi: 10.1097/01.ccm.0000172648.55309.13.


Objectives: MalPEG-hemoglobin, 4 g/dL (MP4), is a hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier with a low hemoglobin concentration, low P50 (oxygen half-saturation pressure of hemoglobin), high colloid osmotic pressure, and high viscosity. This study evaluated resuscitation with MP4 in anesthetized swine hemorrhaged 250 mL by controlled withdrawal, followed by a 5-mm tear in the abdominal aorta.

Design: Randomized, unblinded.

Setting: Academic animal laboratory.

Subjects: Anesthetized male and female Swedish Landrace pigs.

Interventions: Four groups of pigs (n = 7 each) were randomized after hemorrhage by aortic tear to receive 250 mL of MP4, Ringer's acetate, 10% pentastarch, or 4 g/dL of stroma-free hemoglobin, followed by aortic repair and transfusion of 250 mL of autologous blood. End points were 20-hr survival, hemodynamic variables, and acid-base status.

Measurements and main results: Measurements included continuous aortic, pulmonary arterial, and central venous pressures, cardiac output by thermodilution, arterial and venous blood gases; electrolytes; lactate; base excess; oxygen delivery, consumption, and extraction ratio; hematocrit; hemoglobin; and urine output. Body weight (24-27 kg) and hemorrhage volume (26-33 mL/kg) were similar in the four groups. The nadir of mean arterial pressure (22-28 mm Hg) and the increase in lactic acid (5-8 mEq/L) after hemorrhage were similar in all groups, indicating equivalent shock in the four groups. Survival was greatest in the MP4-treated animals (six of seven) compared with Ringer's acetate (two of seven), 10% pentastarch (one of seven), and stroma-free hemoglobin (two of seven) and was accompanied by an improved recovery of arterial pressure, cardiac output, and lactate. Total hemoglobin concentration was equivalent in all groups. Arterial pressure did not increase above baseline values, and systemic vascular resistance was unchanged following administration of MP4, indicating the lack of peripheral vasoconstriction. Mortality in Ringer's acetate, stroma-free hemoglobin, and 10% pentastarch treated animals was associated with deteriorating acid-base status, low urine output, and hyperkalemia.

Conclusion: These data demonstrate that restoration of oxygen delivery with a small volume of MP4 yields significant recovery from hemorrhage without systemic vasoconstriction.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acid-Base Equilibrium / drug effects
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Blood Substitutes / therapeutic use*
  • Cardiac Output / drug effects
  • Female
  • Hemodynamics / drug effects
  • Hemoglobins / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Maleimides / therapeutic use*
  • Polyethylene Glycols / therapeutic use*
  • Random Allocation
  • Shock, Hemorrhagic / mortality
  • Shock, Hemorrhagic / therapy*
  • Survival Analysis
  • Swine
  • Vascular Resistance / drug effects


  • Blood Substitutes
  • Hemoglobins
  • Maleimides
  • maleimide-polyethylene glycol-modified hemoglobin, MP4
  • Polyethylene Glycols