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Efficacy and Safety of Gastric Suctioning During Neonatal Resuscitation

This study has been terminated.
(Project not funded)
Thrasher Research Fund
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Benjamin T. Stevens, University of Iowa Identifier:
First received: August 5, 2008
Last updated: March 8, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
The stomach of the newborn baby is often emptied soon after birth to prevent breathing problems (respiratory distress). Babies born with meconium-stained amniotic fluid and those with increased secretions associated with birth by C-section are thought to be at particular risk of breathing problems during the first minutes of life. Emptying the stomach by sucking out all its contents (gastric suctioning) is alleged to lessen the risk of aspiration and improve respiratory distress. This study will evaluate the usefulness of gastric suctioning during neonatal resuscitation.

Condition Intervention
Respiratory Distress Procedure: Gastric suctioning

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Efficacy and Safety of Gastric Suctioning During Neonatal Resuscitation- A Randomized Clinical Trial

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Further study details as provided by Benjamin T. Stevens, University of Iowa:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Respiratory Distress [ Time Frame: Birth ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Apgar scores [ Time Frame: Birth ]
  • Successful feeding/weight gain [ Time Frame: Birth ]
  • Hospital length of stay [ Time Frame: Birth ]

Enrollment: 173
Actual Study Start Date: August 2008
Study Completion Date: April 2010
Primary Completion Date: April 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: 1
Experimental: 2 Procedure: Gastric suctioning
The stomach will be suctioned shortly following birth with an orogastric tube


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 7 Days   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Term infant with meconium stained amniotic fluid or born by C-section

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prematurity
  • Congenital Abnormality
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00729989

United States, Iowa
University of Iowa Children's Hospital
Iowa City, Iowa, United States, 52242
Sponsors and Collaborators
Benjamin T. Stevens
Thrasher Research Fund
  More Information

Responsible Party: Benjamin T. Stevens, Principal Investigator, University of Iowa Identifier: NCT00729989     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 200804774
Study First Received: August 5, 2008
Last Updated: March 8, 2017

Keywords provided by Benjamin T. Stevens, University of Iowa:
Meconium Aspiration
Respiratory Distress
Meconium Stained Amniotic Fluid processed this record on September 21, 2017