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Oral Glucose Solution as Pain Relief in Newborns: Results of a Clinical Trial

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 February 2009 by Universiteit Antwerpen.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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Universiteit Antwerpen Identifier:
First received: February 17, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: February 2009
History: No changes posted
This study investigates which concentration of glucose is most effective in reducing pain for venipuncture in the newborn.

Condition Intervention
Pain Other: glucose 10% Other: 20% glucose Other: glucose 30% Other: sterile water

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Oral Glucose Solution as Pain Relief in Newborns: Results of a Clinical Trial

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Further study details as provided by Universiteit Antwerpen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain after venipuncture measured by the Leuven pain scale for newborns [ Time Frame: solution administration- waiting for 2 minutes-then venipuncture and immediate pain scoring ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • difference in heart rhythm [ Time Frame: heart rhythm measured before painful procedure - heart rythm after venipuncture compared to baseline measurement ]

Enrollment: 304
Study Start Date: November 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
glucose 10%
Other: glucose 10%
2 minutes prior to the venipuncture, a 10% glucose concentration was administered orally
Experimental: 2
glucose 20%
Other: 20% glucose
2 minutes prior to the venipuncture, a 20% glucose concentration was administered orally
Experimental: 3
glucose 30%
Other: glucose 30%
2 minutes prior to the venipuncture, a 30% glucose concentration was administered orally
Placebo Comparator: 4
placebo: sterile water
Other: sterile water
2 minutes prior to the venipuncture, sterile water was administered orally

Detailed Description:
This double-blind clinical trial is conducted on a maternity and newborn (N*) ward. Each time, during at least one month, one of the four selected solutions (glucose 10%, 20%, 30% and placebo) will be administered orally, 2 minutes prior to the venipuncture. The pain from the skin puncture will be scored using a validated pain scale (the "Leuven" pain scale).

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria

  • Neonates were included if they had to undergo a venipuncture as part of routine medical care.

Exclusion criteria

  • Unstable neonates with respiratory support as well as neonates with a proven neurological abnormality were excluded.
  • Newborns who had been administered sedatives, analgesics or naloxone during the past 48 hours were excluded along with premature infants younger than 32 weeks post menstrual age.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00847028

H Hart ziekenhuis
Mol, Antwerp, Belgium, 2400
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universiteit Antwerpen
Principal Investigator: Ben Dilen, MSN Universiteit Antwerpen + Heilig Hart ziekenhuis Mol
  More Information

Responsible Party: Prof. Monique M. Elseviers, Nusing Sciences, University of Antwerp Identifier: NCT00847028     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HHmol-001
(EC NR 7/37/203).
Study First Received: February 17, 2009
Last Updated: February 17, 2009

Keywords provided by Universiteit Antwerpen:
glucose solution
non-pharmacologic pain relief.

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