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Trial of Patterned Oral Somatosensory Entrainment for Shortening Time to Oral Feeding

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Innara Health, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
KC BioMediX, Inc Identifier:
First received: June 24, 2010
Last updated: May 17, 2016
Last verified: May 2016

The primary hypothesis is that the preterm infants (26 0/7 to 30 6/7 weeks gestational age) who undergo the NTrainer System® training will transition to full oral feeds faster than the control group (i.e. the study group will be superior to the control).

The secondary hypothesis is that the infants in the NTrainer System® experimental group will have shorter lengths of stay.

Condition Intervention
Infant, Extremely Premature
Length of Stay
Device: NTrainer® Intervention
Device: Control Intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Trial of Patterned Oral Somatosensory Entrainment

Further study details as provided by KC BioMediX, Inc:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The length of time to reach 100% full oral feeds [ Time Frame: 14 days on average ]
    Time (in days) from initiation of oral feedings to the first oral intake that results in 100% oral feeding (definition of 100% oral feeding: no gavage supplementation and taking at least 120 milliliters per kilogram per day for 48 consecutive hours of breast milk, fortified breast milk or preterm formula as ordered by the child's physician.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The reduction in length of stay as a result of therapy [ Time Frame: 24 days on average ]
    The difference in length of hospital stay (days) between experimental and control.

Enrollment: 210
Study Start Date: May 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: NTrainer® Intervention
NTrainer® Intervention - Infants in the experimental group will receive the NTrainer System patterned synthetic orocutaneous stimulation during the first 30 minutes of a tube (gavage) feeding session. The intervention may be provided up to 4 times daily to achieve an average of 30 sessions distributed over a two week period.
Device: NTrainer® Intervention
Other Names:
  • KC BioMedix NTrainer
  • NTrainer System
  • Actifier
Sham Comparator: Control Intervention
Control Intervention - Infants in the Control group will be provided orocutaneous stimulation with a 'quiet pacifier' during the first 30 minutes of a tube (gavage) feeding session. The intervention may be provided up to 4 times daily to achieve an average of 30 sessions distributed over a two week period.
Device: Control Intervention
Other Names:
  • Non-nutritive Sucking
  • NNS Opportunity

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Ages Eligible for Study:   26 Weeks to 31 Weeks   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria

- Birth Gestational age 26 0/6 - 30 6/7 weeks

Exclusion Criteria

  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Congenital anomalies included but not limited to
  • craniofacial malformation
  • cyanotic congenital heart disease
  • gastroschisis
  • omphalocele
  • diaphragmatic hernia or other major gastrointestinal anomalies
  • Major neurological anomaly
  • Infants with history of surgical necrotizing enterocolitis (stage III)
  • Infants with vocal cord paralysis
  • Infants with neonatal seizures
  • Infants with meningitis at time of enrollment
  • Infants who are nippling all feeds at the time of enrollment
  • Infants with narcotic abstinence syndrome (NAS)
  • Infants enrolled in another clinical study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01158391

United States, California
Santa Clara Valleye Medical Center
San Jose, California, United States, 95128
United States, New York
Montefiore Medical Center Weiler Hopsital
Bronx, New York, United States, 10461
Montefiore Medical Center - Wakefield Hopsital
Bronx, New York, United States, 10466
United States, Texas
Cook Children's Medical Center
Fort Worth, Texas, United States, 76104
North Central Baptist Hospital
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78258
Sponsors and Collaborators
KC BioMediX, Inc
Innara Health, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Dongli Song, MD Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: KC BioMediX, Inc Identifier: NCT01158391     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: KC_BMDX_002
Study First Received: June 24, 2010
Last Updated: May 17, 2016

Keywords provided by KC BioMediX, Inc:
Premature Birth processed this record on April 26, 2017