Effect of Fluid Oral Intake During Labour
Fasting during labour is a usual conduct in many hospitals around the world (due to the theorical risk of bronchoaspiration). There is little evidence supporting this conclusion. Besides, there are several studies that suggest that food intake during labour can be associated with shorter labours and a lower cesarean rate. The aim of the investigators study is to show if the oral intake of fluids during labour can reduce the first stage of labour with minimum risk to the patient.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Fluid Oral Intake vs. Fasting During Labour: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.|
- Duration of labour (measured in minutes from admission to delivery) [ Time Frame: Two months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Number of cesarean sections due to prolonged second stage of labour (measured in number of cases). [ Time Frame: Two months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Number of cases of bronchoaspiration. [ Time Frame: Two months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
|Study Start Date:||September 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Oral intake of fluids
Intake of oral fluids during labour.
Oral intake of fluids during labour, from admission (dose: two cups of 8 ounces each of clear tea with little sugar).
Placebo Comparator: Fasting
No intake of oral fluids during labour.
No intake of fluids during labour.
|Saint Thomas Hospital|
|Principal Investigator:||Jorge Espinosa, Resident||Saint Thomas Hospital, Panama|
|Principal Investigator:||Osvaldo Reyes, Doctor||Saint Thomas Hospital, Panama|