Preterm Infant Transport Stress (PremiTranS) Study

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2014 by University of Nottingham
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First received: May 8, 2013
Last updated: August 13, 2014
Last verified: August 2014

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 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    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 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    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 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    IVH assessment by cranial USS

  • Evidence of excess stress or neuronal injury [ Time Frame: first week following transfer ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Plasma Copeptin and urinary S100b measurements

  • Quantification of stresses during first week of life [ Time Frame: 7 days of life ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Validated stressor score

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA

Blood and urine

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: June 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2015 (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
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

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: August 13, 2014
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee

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intraventricular hemorrhage processed this record on March 26, 2015