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Temperature Changes During Induction of General Anesthesia in Pediatric Patients

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00710320
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 4, 2008
Last Update Posted : February 4, 2010
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
We aim that uncovering patients during induction of general anesthesia does not decrease core body temperature in pediatric patients.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Hypothermia Procedure: Covered and uncovered anesthesia induction

Detailed Description:

Some anesthesiologists cover the pediatric patient with a blanket during the induction of general anesthesia, while others do not. Complaints have been raised by pediatric surgeons that if a pediatric patient is not covered during induction of general anesthesia, the child's core body temperature will be lower than normal following surgery and in the recovery room.

Children are at risk of significant heat loss in the operating room due to multiple factors, such as, exposure to cold temperatures, decrease in metabolism following induction of general anesthesia, increased surface-area-to-volume ratio, and through considerable respiratory heat loss.1

A decrease in temperature of 0.5ºC to 1.5ºC can occur during induction of general anesthesia in pediatric patients2. The use of heating blankets and warmers may increase temperature or result in a constant temperature on pediatric patients intra-operatively3. We want to investigate the differences in temperature between the two approaches, covering and not covering pediatric patients, during induction of general anesthesia of a urologic procedure with a caudal block and the difference in temperature post-operatively. We hypothesize that the core temperatures of:

  1. the covered and warmed group during induction of general anesthesia will be greater by 0.5ºC than the uncovered group during induction of general anesthesia.
  2. both groups, covered and uncovered, will be equal during surgery and post-operatively. In other words, due to the active warming procedures during surgery and post-operatively in the PICU, core temperatures of the uncovered group will catch up to the covered group.

Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 44 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Temperature Changes During Induction of General Anesthesia in Pediatric Patients
Study Start Date : July 2008
Primary Completion Date : March 2009
Study Completion Date : March 2009

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Groups and Cohorts

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Cover and Uncover
Procedure/Surgery
Procedure: Covered and uncovered anesthesia induction

We hypothesize that the core temperatures of:

  1. the covered group during induction of general anesthesia will be greater by 0.5ºC than the uncovered group during induction of general anesthesia.
  2. both groups, covered and uncovered, will be equal during surgery and post-operatively. In other words, due to the active warming procedures during surgery and post-operatively in the PICU, core temperatures of the uncovered group will catch up to the covered group.
Other Names:
  • Temperature
  • Pediatric
  • Urology
  • Anesthesia


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Covered group during induction of general anesthesia will be greater by 0.5ºC than the uncovered group during induction of general anesthesia. [ Time Frame: 1.5 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Covered and uncovered, will be equal during surgery and post-operatively. In other words, due to the active warming procedures during surgery and post-operatively in the PICU, core temperatures of the uncovered group will catch up to the covered group. [ Time Frame: 1.5 years ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Months to 3 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Children in an academic center
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The ages of the subjects ranging from 6 months to 3 years undergoing surgery for circumcision or hernia repair with caudal block.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • ASA physical status classification greater than 2, unsigned or unattainable written informed consent form, induction of general anesthesia time of greater than 45 minutes, fever, or temperature regulation inability.
Contacts and Locations

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Locations
United States, Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Deparment of Anesthesiology
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73104
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oklahoma
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mohanad Shukry, MD The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Mohanad Shukry/MD, University of Oklahoma Health Siences Center/Pediatric Anesthesiology
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00710320     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB No 14004
First Posted: July 4, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 4, 2010
Last Verified: February 2010

Keywords provided by University of Oklahoma:
Children core temperature,
Pediatric surgery,
Anesthesia induction

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypothermia
Body Temperature Changes
Signs and Symptoms
Anesthetics
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs