Fluid Balance Study in Sick Neonates

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified August 2009 by Princess Amalia Children's Clinic.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Information provided by:
Princess Amalia Children's Clinic
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: August 18, 2009
Last updated: August 19, 2009
Last verified: August 2009

The purpose of this study is to determine if routinely recording fluid balance in sick neonates admitted to the pediatric ward is reliable and useful. The investigators' hypothesis is that it is not useful and reliable.

Condition Intervention
Procedure: physician no insight in the fluid balance chart

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Reliability and Utility of Fluid Balance Charting in Neonates Admitted to the Pediatric Ward.

Further study details as provided by Princess Amalia Children's Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • duration of admission at the ward in days [ Time Frame: 8 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • agreement between fluid balance and weight measurement [ Time Frame: daily during first 3 days of admission of patient ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • use of diuretics [ Time Frame: 8 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • complications [ Time Frame: 8 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 174
Study Start Date: June 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: physician insight fluid balance
Active Comparator: physician no insight fluid balance chart Procedure: physician no insight in the fluid balance chart
physician had no insight in the fluid balance chart during the first 3 days of admission of the patient when the balance is recorded

Detailed Description:

Fluid balance charts are commonly used, in the Netherlands, to assess patient fluid volume status. Some disadvantages of recording fluid intake and output are that it is time-consuming and complex. If it would give reliable and accurate information about the fluid volume status there would be a good reason for all this effort. In the few researches that have investigated this subject a low correlation has been found between the fluid balance and the weight changes of an adult patient. Own experience gives reasons to doubt about the reliability of the fluid balance in children, not rarely there is a discrepancy between the fluid balance and the weight measurement. We are interested in the relevance of recording fluid balance in neonates.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 28 Days
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Sick neonates admitted to the neonatal ward

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Admitted elsewhere before admission to the neonatal ward
  • Indication for recording fluid balance
  • Impossibility to measure the weight every day
  • No consent parents
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00962754

Contact: J Bekhof, Pediatrician +31384254050 j.bekhof@isala.nl
Contact: P Brand, Pediatrician +31384245050 p.l.p.brand@isala.nl

Princess Amalia Children's Clinic Recruiting
Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands, 8000GK
Contact: Jolita Bekhof, Pediatrician    +31384245050    j.bekhof@isala.nl   
Contact: Paul Brand, Pediatrician    +31384245050    p.l.p.brand@isala.nl   
Principal Investigator: Yvette v Asperen, student         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Princess Amalia Children's Clinic
Study Director: J Bekhof, pediatrician Princess Amalia Children's Clinic
Principal Investigator: Y v Asperen, medical student University of Groningen
  More Information

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: J. Bekhof, Princess Amalia Children's Clinic
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00962754     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NL26894.075.09
Study First Received: August 18, 2009
Last Updated: August 19, 2009
Health Authority: Netherlands: Medical Ethics Review Committee (METC)

Keywords provided by Princess Amalia Children's Clinic:
recording fluid balance
sick neonate
fluid balance

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 15, 2014