Preterm Infant Transport Stress (PremiTranS) Study (PremiTranS)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 10, 2013
Last Update Posted : September 12, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Nottingham

Brief Summary:
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.

Condition or disease
Preterm Birth

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 30 participants
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
Study Start Date : June 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 31, 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : September 1, 2017

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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

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 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 :
  1. Noise exposure [ Time Frame: During transfer ]
    Measure total noise exposure (dBA) during transfer compared with NICU exposure.

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

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

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

  5. 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

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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 (NCT number): NCT01851668

United Kingdom
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG72UH
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Nottingham
Principal Investigator: Don Sharkey, PhD University of Nottingham

Responsible Party: University of Nottingham Identifier: NCT01851668     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12063
First Posted: May 10, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 12, 2017
Last Verified: January 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