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Preterm Infant Transport Stress (PremiTranS) Study (PremiTranS)

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Verified January 2017 by University of Nottingham
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First received: May 8, 2013
Last updated: January 4, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
This is an observational pilot study to quantify the amount of vibration, noise, physiological and biochemical instability that premature babies are exposed to during inter-hospital transport.

Preterm Birth

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Preterm Infant Transport Stress (PremiTranS) Study - A Feasibility Study of the Impact of Inter-hospital Transport on the Preterm Infant

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Further study details as provided by University of Nottingham:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Quantification of whole body vibration [ Time Frame: during transfer ]
    Use of multi-axis accelerometers to quantify vibration and shocks experienced by the head, body and incubator. Calculation of A(8) according to ISO.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Noise exposure [ Time Frame: During transfer ]
    Measure total noise exposure (dBA) during transfer compared with NICU exposure.

  • Cranial ultrasound imaging to quantify/identify intraventricular haemorrhage [ Time Frame: First 28 days of life ]
    IVH assessment by cranial USS

  • Evidence of excess stress or neuronal injury [ Time Frame: first week following transfer ]
    Plasma Copeptin and urinary S100b measurements

  • Quantification of stresses during first week of life [ Time Frame: 7 days of life ]
    Validated stressor score

  • NIRS measurement of cerebral saturations [ Time Frame: During ambulance transfer ]
    Use of NIRS during interhopsital transfer to assess cerebral saturations when compared to control area (thigh)

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
Blood and urine

Estimated Enrollment: 65
Study Start Date: June 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Preterm inter-hospital transfers
preterm infants <31 weeks gestation and <=day 3 of life
Preterm infants inborn
Preterm infants <31 weeks gestation and <=3 days old born and remaining at same hospital.
Ex-preterm infants back transfered
Mature ex-preterm infants transferred back to referring hospital

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 3 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Hospital born preterm infants

Inclusion Criteria:

  • <31 weeks gestation
  • <= 3 days old

Exclusion Criteria:

  • major congenital abnormality
  • survival unlikely
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01851668

Contact: Don Sharkey, PhD

United Kingdom
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Recruiting
Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG72UH
Contact: Don Sharkey, PhD   
Principal Investigator: Don Sharkey, BM BS PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Nottingham
Principal Investigator: Don Sharkey, PhD University of Nottingham
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Responsible Party: University of Nottingham Identifier: NCT01851668     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12063
Study First Received: May 8, 2013
Last Updated: January 4, 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by University of Nottingham:
intraventricular hemorrhage

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Premature Birth
Obstetric Labor, Premature
Obstetric Labor Complications
Pregnancy Complications processed this record on August 16, 2017