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Effects of Clustering Care on the Physiological Stability of Preterm Infants.

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03490721
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 6, 2018
Last Update Posted : January 18, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Abril Nicole Fernandez Oviedo, Université de Montréal

Brief Summary:
This crossover design experimental study aims to compare the physiological stability of premature newborns during and after a cluster of care compared to a period when they receive standard non clustered care at the neonatal unit.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Premature Baby 26 to 32 Weeks Other: Clustering care Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The cluster care will take place at the time of feeding of the premature infants. The intervention will start with a calm period of 20 minutes before the start of care (no manipulations will be allowed), the baby will then received the cluster care for 20 minutes and a quiet period of 30 minutes will follow after the cluster care.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 10 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Effects of Clustering Care on the Physiological Stability of Preterm Infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Actual Study Start Date : September 12, 2018
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 3, 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : May 30, 2019

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Intervention
Clustering care for 20 minutes.
Other: Clustering care
During 20 minutes, preterm infants will receive a cluster care with 2 minutes of hand containment.

No Intervention: Control
Standard care non clustered.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Physiological stability (heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation) [ Time Frame: The physiological stability will be measured for 70 minutes. ]
    The physiological stability will be measured with the SCRIP score. The Stability of the cardiorespiratory system in premature infants is a scale, in which a score of 0 means major physiological instability and a score of 6 means a physiological stability. For every single parameter there's three grades from severe instability (0 points) to minor instability (1 point) to perfect stability (2 points).

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Ages Eligible for Study:   26 Weeks to 32 Weeks   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • between 26 to 31 6/7 weeks of gestation at birth
  • more than 72 hours of life,
  • receive a respiratory aid such as endotracheal tube, NIPPV (non invasive positive pressures ventilation), CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or nasal prongs with oxygen,
  • are fed intravenously (IV) or by central venous catheter (CVC),
  • one of the parents speaks and reads English or French,
  • one of the parents is at least 18 years old to sign the consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severely ill (necrotizing enterocolitis, septicemia),
  • under respiratory assistance or on a high frequency mode,
  • having a congenital or cardiac abnormality,
  • requiring surgery,
  • sedatives or opioids,
  • diagnosed with grade II, III or IV intraventricular hemorrhage and / or hydrocephalus,
  • have a device for invasive blood pressure,
  • having an oxygen requirement of more than 30% to maintain oxygen saturation within the limits indicated by the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).
  • one of the parents is at least 18 years old to sign the consent.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03490721

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Canada, Quebec
Jewish General Hospital
Montréal, Quebec, Canada, H3T1E2
Sponsors and Collaborators
Université de Montréal
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Study Director: Marilyn Aita, PhD Université de Montréal

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Responsible Party: Abril Nicole Fernandez Oviedo, Principal investigator, Université de Montréal Identifier: NCT03490721    
Other Study ID Numbers: Etude_maitrise_2018
First Posted: April 6, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 18, 2020
Last Verified: January 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: The results of this project could be made public in a journal or scientific congress.
Supporting Materials: Clinical Study Report (CSR)
Time Frame: The results of the study will be available when the study is finished.
Access Criteria: The results will be published in a scientific journal.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No