To compare the efficacy of SSC with oral Sucrose for pain management in preterm neonates” Shukla et al (2018).
Objective: To compare the efficacy of SSC with oral Sucrose for pain management in preterm neonates.
Methodology: Parallel-group, assessor-blinded randomized control trial conducted from February-June 2017 at a level 3B-NICU. Hundred preterm neonates (29-0/7 to 36-6/7 weeks gestational age) requiring heel-stick were randomly assigned (1:1), to SSC (50, Group-A) and Sucrose (50, Group-B). In Group-A, SSC was provided at least 10 min before the procedure. In Group-B, 0.2 ml of oral Sucrose was provided 2 min before the procedure. Blinded assessment of Premature Infant Pain Profile (PIPP) score was done 30 s post-procedure using recorded videos.
Results: Baseline variables were gestational age [32.79(2.34) weeks], age [14.04(11.10) days] and birth weight [1.62(0.35) kilograms]. PIPP score was less in group- A vs. B but could not achieve statistical significance .
Conclusions: SSC and Sucrose have comparable efficacy in managing pain in premature neonates.
Shukla, V., Chapla, A., Uperiya, J., Nimbalkar, A., Phatak, A. and Nimbalkar, S. (2018) Sucrose vs. skin to skin care for preterm neonatal pain control—a randomized control trial. Journal of Perinatology. August 7th. .