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Atropine Versus no Atropine for Neonatal Rapid Sequence Intubation

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2012 by University of Manitoba.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Manitoba Identifier:
First received: May 8, 2012
Last updated: September 23, 2013
Last verified: May 2012

The purpose of this study is to compare heart rate in infants who receive atropine as a part of their medication before intubation to those who do not.

To be able to find out , we need to divided babies into 2 groups;

group 1 : receives atropine + sedation + muscle relaxant group 2 : receives water or saline ( placebo group) + sedation + muscle relaxant

Then we need to compare heart rate during intubation and duration of intubation between the 2 groups.

Condition Intervention Phase
Bradycardia Hypoxemia Drug: atropine Drug: Placebo Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Atropine Versus no Atropine for Neonatal Rapid Sequence Intubation

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Further study details as provided by University of Manitoba:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Heart rate less than 80 BPM and oxygen saturation less than 80% [ Time Frame: 5-6 minutes ]

    Heart rate and transcutaneous oxygen saturation will be monitored continuously during the procedure and data will be recorded at 3 stages;

    1. 2 minutes prior to intubation (after atropine or placebo dose)
    2. during intubation
    3. 2 minutes after intubation (once ETT secured to face)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Heart rate < 100 BPM [ Time Frame: 5-6 minutes ]
  • Oxygen saturation < 85% [ Time Frame: 5-6 minutes ]
  • Duration of intubation attempts [ Time Frame: 1-2 minutes ]
  • Number of intubation attempts [ Time Frame: 5-6 minutes ]
  • Lowest heart rate after premedication [ Time Frame: 5-6 minutes ]
  • Lowest oxygen saturation after premedication [ Time Frame: 5-6 minutes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: April 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Atropine, fentanyl and succinylcholine
20 mcg/kg atropine IV, 3 mcg/kg fentanyl slowly IV and 2 mg/kg succinylcholine IV.
Drug: atropine
Atropine 0.02 mg/kg IV
Other Name: AtroPen
Placebo Comparator: placebo, fentanyl and succinylcholine
an equivalent volume of normal saline to atropine IV, 3 mcg/kg fentanyl slowly IV and 2 mg/kg succinylcholine IV.
Drug: Placebo
an equivalent volume of normal saline to atropine IV
Other Name: 0.9% sodium chloride

Detailed Description:

We hypothesize that premedication for intubation with fentanyl and succinylcholine alone will maintain equal stability of heart rate and oxygen saturation without a prolongation of time to completion of intubation when compared to a protocol using atropine, fentanyl and succinylcholine.

In order to answer this question we plan to undertake a prospective randomized double blinded control trial of use of atropine as an adjunct for elective intubation of infants less than 46 weeks postmenstrual age.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 2 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Any infant (preterm and term) up to 46 weeks corrected age requiring (nonemergent) intubation.
  • IV access is obtained
  • Informed parental consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Emergent intubation or need for resuscitation
  • Congenital cyanotic heart disease
  • Obvious airway abnormalities
  • History of myopathy or family history of malignant hyperthermia or known history of phosphocholinesterase deficiency
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01595399

Contact: Michael R Narvey, MD 2047872720
Contact: Jehier Afifi, MD 9024706944

Canada, Manitoba
Health Sciences Centre Recruiting
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3A1R9
Contact: Michael Narvey, MD    2047872720   
Principal Investigator: Michael R Narvey, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Jehier Afifi, MD         
Sub-Investigator: John Baier, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Manitoba
Principal Investigator: Michael R Narvey, MD University of Manitoba
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Manitoba Identifier: NCT01595399     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R500458
Study First Received: May 8, 2012
Last Updated: September 23, 2013

Keywords provided by University of Manitoba:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Signs and Symptoms, Respiratory
Signs and Symptoms
Analgesics, Opioid
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Adjuvants, Anesthesia
Anesthetics, Intravenous
Anesthetics, General
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Bronchodilator Agents
Autonomic Agents
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Respiratory System Agents
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