Tag Archives: Randomized Controlled Trials

Something else that doesn’t work in sepsis; albumin

Another multi-center RCT in adults with severe sepsis or septic shock with a negative result. This time 1800 adults in 100 ICUs in Italy were randomized. Fluid boluses were either crystalloid or 20% albumin and crystalloid. Blood pressure was somewhat … Continue reading

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Bloody Placentas

No, literally. There is now quite good evidence of the advantages of delayed cord clamping in the term infant, with most particularly an improvement in iron stores in the baby that has lasting effects during the first year of life. … Continue reading

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Resuscitating preterm infants: how many O’s

Very often in neonatology (and in life) we have to make a decision based on inadequate data. For example, when resuscitating a very preterm baby you have to decide where to set the starting FiO2, even if there are no … Continue reading

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More from SUPPORT, not research governance and consent this time!

One of the difficulties in performing neonatal research is how to determine the most clinically appropriate outcomes. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia is often used as a dichotomous outcome variable, partly to facilitate the design of research, including combining it with other competing outcomes, … Continue reading

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Zinc supplementation: should we be galvanized into action?

I wasn’t sure how many non native-English speakers would get that joke, and jokes are rarely improved by explaining them, so if you don’t get it, just keep on reading. Terrin G, Berni Canani R, Passariello A, Messina F, Conti … Continue reading

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Oxygen, transfusions, and NEC

What causes NEC! The answer is ‘who knows?’, or perhaps a better one would be ‘its complicated…’ You probably need an immature gut, gut mucosal injury, inflammation and cytokine release, and an abnormal microbiome, all of which probably interact in … Continue reading

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Septic Shock; 3 negative trials

Three trials back to back in the PNEJM (that’s the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine for any new readers) in adults with septic shock are disappointing: Early Goal Directed Therapy has become a dogma in recent years; it even … Continue reading

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Sticking needles into babies doesn’t reduce colic. Who’d have thought…

More nonsense, this time acupuncture for babies! Ninety babies were randomized in a multicenter trial of sticking needles into non-existent meridians to channel imaginary Qi energy. Unfortunately the condition they were investigating, infantile colic, causes a lot of real distress … Continue reading

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Waving your hands around is not analgesic! Who’d have thought…

Really, who’d have thought it was worth testing. I have a lot of respect for several of the authors of this trial, but I can’t for the life of me understand why they did this study. Celeste Johnston, Marsha Campbell-Yeo, … Continue reading

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Public citizen are becoming a public danger

Public citizen are at it again, they have written another letter to the director of the DHHSS to try and follow up on their previous nonsense. I didn’t write about this when I first heard about it, as 1. it … Continue reading

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