Gas Control System for Neonates     Alvaro Hermida1, Antonio Martínez-Millana2, Marta Aguar Carrascosa3, Max Vento3, Vicen...
IV. THE ALGORITHM FOR RESUSCITATION FROM THE SPANISH                C. Ventilatory support:                    SOCIETY OF ...
minutes of life of hundreds of infants who did not need                          concentration of 100% can be dangerous, e...
and the patients response to them. This system will consist of                                   REFERENCESa central compu...
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  1. 1. Gas Control System for Neonates Alvaro Hermida1, Antonio Martínez-Millana2, Marta Aguar Carrascosa3, Max Vento3, Vicente Traver Salcedo2 1 Department of Information Systems and Computation (DSIC), Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain ahermida@dsic.upv.es2 Research Group of Technologies for Health and Wellbeing (TSB), ITACA Institute, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain anmarmil, 3 Hospital La Fe, Valencia, Spain, Maximo.Vento@uv.esAbstract— Preterm infants pose a significant challenge for theneonatologist: They have an immature antioxidant defense B. Kidney and Heart Damage.system, but they often need resuscitation at birth, including Vento and colleagues have shown the existence of anforced ventilation and supplemental oxygen supply. The exponential relationship between a marker of oxidative stressneonatologist should keep a careful balance to accelerate the (GSSG - oxidized glutathione) and biochemical markers ofestablishment of a physiological breathing pattern while damage at renal tubular level (N-acetyl-glucosaminidase) andminimizing the amount of oxygen delivered. The REOXmulticenter clinical study is generating the knowledge needed to myocardial (cardiac troponins), 48 hours after birth in infantsoptimize the amount of oxygen supplied from the precise resuscitated with higher concentrations of oxygen [5].moment of birth, when the sensors do not provide yet the reliableinformation required to titrate the amount of oxygen using the C. Lung Damage Induced by Unnecessary Lengthening ofresuscitation algorithms. Forced Ventilation. Although forced ventilation by continuous positive pressure saves lives, it can also induce lung injury [6], so minimization I. INTRODUCTION of its duration will improve the prognosis. At rest, in physiological conditions, human arterial blood is Both experimental models and clinical studies show that asaturated of oxygen. Most of this oxygen is bound to lower initial oxygen concentration accelerates thehemoglobin, although a small quantity is just dissolved on the establishment of an effective spontaneous breathing pattern,blood. The normal percentage of oxygenated hemoglobin as significantly reducing the time of resuscitation [7]. Somedetected by the pulse oximeter (SpO2) ranges between 95% markers of oxidative stress remain high even 28 days afterand 99%. A value under 95% may compromise cellular resuscitation, when 100% oxygen is used.perfusion, and an SpO2 lower than 90% is defined as acuterespiratory failure. III. BENEFICIAL ASPECTS OF SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN DURING But before birth, when placental gas exchange in a liquid- RESUSCITATION.filled intrauterine environment is the only source of oxygen,this percentage is as low as 43% [1] [2], rising rapidly after Despite its side effects, the use of a certain amount oflabor, with the onset of spontaneous ventilation after birth, supplemental oxygen may be necessary to successfullyreaching 80-90% in a few minutes [3]. resuscitate an asphyxiated newborn. As Wang and colleagues The term infants already have a physiological antioxidant demonstrated in their study [8], there is a highly significantsystem (developed during the third trimester of pregnancy) probability of failing in the attempt to reach the desiredthat allows them to withstand the potentially pro-oxidant state, saturation levels when the resuscitation is started with anbut preterm infants do not yet have these defenses. The oxygen concentration of 21%. Meanwhile, Dawson hassituation worsens when you need to apply resuscitation after published [9] that in her hospital, 92% of the infants under 30birth, including forced ventilation and supplemental oxygen. weeks of gestation whose resuscitation begun with an oxygen concentration of 21% required an increase of this concentration. II. SIDE EFFECTS OF SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN DURING Relatively low oxygen concentrations are sufficient to RESUSCITATION. ensure a safe resuscitation. Escrig team has shown that the resuscitation of extremely premature infants (less than 28A. Decreased Brain Mass. weeks of gestation) can be started safely with an oxygen In a study with rats, Yis and colleagues have recently concentration of 30%, reaching saturation and heart ratesshown that oxygen concentrations of 80% in the developing similar to those obtained with higher concentrations, whilebrain trigger an apoptotic neurodegenerative reaction causing reducing the burden of total oxygen delivered to the patient,cell death and decreased brain mass [4], with a significant minimizing hyperoxemia and its consequences [10].reduction of neuronal density.
  2. 2. IV. THE ALGORITHM FOR RESUSCITATION FROM THE SPANISH C. Ventilatory support: SOCIETY OF NEONATOLOGY Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) will be The question about the ideal percentage of supplemental applied from start to all infants ≤ 28 weeks according to theoxygen affects especially the beginning of resuscitation, when rules of the is necessary to decide the initial amount of added oxygen For prematures of 29 weeks, the ventilatory support will be(FiO2, Oxygen Inspired Fraction) without having objective individualized according to the FC, respiratory effort, SpO2information on which to rely. Once the sensors are beginning and provide quantitative information on the patients condition, Once initial stabilization is achieved by maintaining a heartas the degree of blood oxygenation (SpO2) and heart rate rate > 100 bpm, SpO2 > 75% or progressive rise in respiratory(HR), and the neonatologist observes the patients response to effort present, CPAP will be delivered using a face maskresuscitation and stabilization, it is time to apply the connected to the "T" piece at H 5cmH2O.resuscitation algorithm established by the Spanish Society of If at any time appear bradycardia, maintained apnea,Neonatology [11] [12] [13]. gasping or SpO2 does not rise gradually, positive pressure ventilatory support will be applied.A. Stimulation: Endotracheal intubation will be considered individually if The gentle handling of the premature infant in the first assessment is negative after check that the positive pressureseconds of life is usually enough to start the spontaneous ventilatory support is being correctly applied.breathing. If not, evaluate the gentle stimulation of the skin incaudo-cranial direction. D. Oxygen administration: Changes in the Inspired Oxygen Fraction (FiO2) willB. Assess the situation: always be performed in combination with changes in 1) Breathing: - Spontaneous respiration is normally set ventilatory support, after checking the effectiveness of thebetween the first and third minute of life. The breathing ventilatory support.pattern more or less regular basis will maintain a heart rate > If the SpO2 has to be modified (increased or decreased) the100 bpm, a progressive increase in SpO2 and progressive changes will be in steps of 10% at intervals of 10-30 seconds.improvement of the color. In extreme situations it is possible to initiate the - The presence of prolonged apnea, gasping type breathing, administration of oxygen at 100% for any of the groups whenor bradycardia are indications of initiation of ventilatory cardiac massage or administration of medication in thesupport. delivery room is needed (HR < 60 bpm for 30 seconds which does not respond to proper positive pressure ventilation), or 2) Heart: - Assessed by direct auscultation, palpation of when HR < 100 bpm for more than 2 minutes.central or brachial pulses, pulses at the base of the umbilicalcord or by pulse oximetry. E. Circulatory support: - An HR > 100 bpm is considered a leading indicator of the Heart rate will be monitored in all patients initially byeffectiveness of the stabilization-resuscitation maneuvers. auscultation or palpation of pulses and then by pulse oximetry. - In extremely preterm (≤ 26 weeks) consider that the An HR < 100 bpm will be considered bradycardia andestablishment of a HR ≥ 100 bpm physiologically may take 2 extreme bradycardia when HR < 60 3 minutes. Positive pressure ventilatory support during 30 seconds will be applied to bradycardia newborns and the situation will then 3) Color and SpO2: - The color is an unreliable indicator be re-evaluated, regardless of the initial FiO2.for being difficult to assess during the fetal-neonatal transition If the heart rate does not increase over 60 bpm, cardiacand not be a marker of tissue oxygenation status. massage will be started with a sequence of 3:1 for 30 seconds. - The saturation by pulse oximetry provides accurate Assess endotracheal intubation at this time. If there is noinformation of the oxygenation status in real time and proper response to ventilatory support and cardiac massage,subsequent changes in response to resuscitation. adrenaline will be administered. - In non-asphyxiated premature infants, the firstmeasurements of SpO2 at birth typically range from 40-45%.Subsequently, these figures rise slowly to 80-85% at 10 V. THE STANDARD SATURATION CURVE OF THE HEALTHY NEWBORN AS A GUIDE TO DRIVE RESUSCITATION EFFORTS.minutes after birth. - When required supplemental oxygen during resuscitation, To achieve a balance between minimizing oxygen load andthe safety range of SpO2 to avoid both hypo as hyperoxemia accelerating the establishment of a "normal" physiologicalhad been established between 85-93%. breathing pattern, it is necessary to establish a benchmark to - In preterm infants who require resuscitation at birth, there define the normal pace and "natural" evolution during the firstare no reference ranges, therefore, the assessment of the minutes of life. To this end, studies such as Dawson andeffectiveness of stabilization-resuscitation maneuvers should colleagues [9] have analyzed the evolution of pulse oximetrybe based on the combination of FC, response to stimuli and saturation measured by optical SpO2 during the first 10rise of the SpO2.
  3. 3. minutes of life of hundreds of infants who did not need concentration of 100% can be dangerous, especially inresuscitation at birth. situations of ischemia followed by reperfusion, where the accumulation of purine derivatives during ischemia causes the appearance of large amounts of free radicals in the lung at the sudden combination with pure oxygen [16]. It is also proven [8] that the natural concentration of 21% is in most cases insufficient to achieve the target saturations in an acceptable time. Once the extremes are discarded, it is still necessary to reduce the range of initial concentrations where the best balance can be found. This is the purpouse of our study. B. Working Hypothesis "The use of low concentrations of oxygen as the initial gas mixture during resuscitation of preterm infants of extremely low birth weight can help reduce the toxicity due to excess oxygen." C. Main ObjectiveFig. 1 Third, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, and 97th SpO2 percentiles for terminfants at ≥ 37 weeks of gestation with no medical intervention after birth. The REOX trial (EUDRACT: 2008-005047-42) whose promoter and principal investigator is Dr. Maximo Vento Torres (Hospital La Fe, Consellería de Sanitat de la Generalitat Valenciana), aims to reduce the cited range by comparing the results of two intermediate concentrations: 30% and 60%. Initial O2 O2 relative Group concentration concentration 21% 100% Insufficient 30% 150% REOX-LOX 60% 300% REOX-HOX 100% 500% Excessive To do this, a multicenter randomized double-blind study was designed, with a cohort of 325 patients selected from infants who required any ventilatory support maneuver duringFig. 2 Third, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, and 97th SpO2 percentiles for resuscitation, during the first 10 minutes after birth, andpreterm infants at < 32 weeks of gestation with no medical intervention after whose gestational age were less than 30 weeks but greaterbirth. than or equal to 24 weeks. Randomization was balanced in blocks of 10 patients, From these data, the standard target saturations are defined: stratified into two gestational age groups: ≤ 26 weeks (24, 25 and 26) and > 26 weeks (27, 28 and 29). Time from birth Target SpO2 Range Formally, the main objective of the study is "to reduce the 3 minutes 55-80% rate of intubation in the delivery room derived from the quick 5 minutes 75-90% establishment of normal diaphragmatic movement and 10 minutes 90-97% physiological breathing pattern using low concentrations of supplemental oxygen following the same pattern as in experimental models." [17] VI. THE REOX CLINICAL TRIAL VII. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PHASES OF CLINICAL TRIAL PROTOCOL.A. Context A. Phases 1 and 2: Validation of the Comprehensive A decade after the heated debate [14] about the safety and Monitoring System.necessity of using pure oxygen for resuscitation ofasphyxiated newborns [15], it can be assumed as proven that a "A comprehensive monitoring system will be implemented to register at all times the performed resuscitation maneuvers
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