Delayed Cord Clamping in Premature Infants

This study has been terminated.
(Inadequate numbers of babies enrolled and departure of co-investigator)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of California, Davis Identifier:
First received: November 5, 2009
Last updated: December 1, 2014
Last verified: December 2014

November 5, 2009
December 1, 2014
September 2009
September 2011   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Initial body temperature [ Time Frame: At birth ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01018576 on Archive Site
Hematocrit at birth and 24 hours of age [ Time Frame: first day of life ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
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Delayed Cord Clamping in Premature Infants
Delayed Cord Clamping: Prevention of Anemia and Hypothermia in Premature Infants
Delayed cord clamping has been shown to decrease the risk of bleeding in the brain of premature infants. However this procedure is not standard due to concerns that the premature infant will get too cold. In this study the investigators look at using a plastic covering and a chemical warmer to keep the small premature baby warm while waiting 30-60 seconds to clamp the umbilical cord.
Enrolled premature infants will be compared to age matched historical controls that did not receive delayed cord clamping but were placed under a warmer immediately after birth. Outcomes to be analyzed include initial body temperature, hematocrit at birth and 24 hours of age, number of red blood cell transfusions during hospital stay, umbilical cord gas, first blood gas following delivery, blood pressure data in the first 24 hours, fluid bolus and inotrope requirement in the first 24 hours, incidence of intraventricular hemorrhage and late-onset sepsis, peak bilirubin level, length of phototherapy, and Apgar scores.
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Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
  • Hypothermia
  • Anemia
Other: Delayed cord clamping
Infants will be covered with plastic and placed on a chemical warmer at delivery and then clamping of the umbilical cord will be delayed for 30-60 seconds.
Experimental: Delayed cord clamping
Intervention: Other: Delayed cord clamping
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
March 2012
September 2011   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • premature infants at 24-28 completed weeks gestation at the time of delivery
  • informed consent obtained from parents prior to delivery

Exclusion Criteria:

  • multiple gestation (twins, triplets, etc)
  • prolonged fetal bradycardia
  • placental abruption or previa
  • maternal illness
  • major congenital anomalies
  • maternal fever in labor
  • fetal illness (e.g. isoimmune hemolysis)
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United States
University of California, Davis
University of California, Davis
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Principal Investigator: Mark A Underwood, MD UC Davis
University of California, Davis
December 2014

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