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Midazolam Sedation for Neonatal Lumbar Puncture

This study has been terminated.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
i_shavit, Rambam Health Care Campus Identifier:
First received: July 18, 2009
Last updated: May 5, 2014
Last verified: July 2010
Lumbar puncture is one of the most common painful procedures performed on neonates in the Emergency Department (ED). The investigators will study in a randomized controlled trial, the efficacy of intravenous administration of a single dose of Midazolam in reducing pain and anxiety in neonates undergoing lumbar puncture in the ED, as well as the rate of adverse sedation reactions. The investigators hypothesize that compared with placebo, single dose Midazolam would significantly decrease pain and anxiety and will have low rate of adverse reactions.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pain Anxiety Drug: Midazolam Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Midazolam Sedation for Neonatal Lumbar Puncture in the Emergency Department: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by i_shavit, Rambam Health Care Campus:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The Simplified Neonatal Facial Coding System will be used for assessment of pain. Scoring will be composed from four specific facial actions (brow bulge, nasolabial furrow, eye squeeze, and open mouth) and the presence or absence of crying [ Time Frame: 20 seconds prior lumbar puncture, during needle insertion, and 20 seconds post insertion ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Physician's level of satisfaction from the procedural conditions [ Time Frame: Five minutes post successful LP ]
  • LP Success rate [ Time Frame: Five minutes post successful LP ]
  • Adverse sedation reactions [ Time Frame: During procedure and during recovery phase ]

Enrollment: 12
Study Start Date: July 2009
Study Completion Date: July 2011
Primary Completion Date: July 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Midazolam
Administration of Midazolam prior Lumbar Puncture
Drug: Midazolam
Intravenous infusion of 0.05 mg/kg of Midalolam


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 30 Days   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score I, II
  • Post natal age ≤ 30 days
  • Fasting of at least 2 hours before the procedure

Exclusion Criteria:

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score III or greater
  • Gestational age of 37 weeks or younger
  • Congenital disease or defect
  • Any medication provided by the caregiver prior ED admission
  • Fasting of less than 2 hours
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00942539

Rambam Health Care Campus
Haifa, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rambam Health Care Campus
Principal Investigator: Itai Shavit, MD Rambam Health Care Campus
  More Information

Responsible Party: i_shavit, Pediatric Emergency Department director, Rambam Health Care Campus Identifier: NCT00942539     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2958CTIL
Study First Received: July 18, 2009
Last Updated: May 5, 2014

Keywords provided by i_shavit, Rambam Health Care Campus:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Adjuvants, Anesthesia
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Anxiety Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Psychotropic Drugs
Anesthetics, Intravenous
Anesthetics, General
GABA Modulators
GABA Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on August 18, 2017