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Morphine versus remifentanil for intubating preterm neonates
  1. Yerkes Pereira e Silva1,
  2. Renato Santiago Gomez2,
  3. Juliana de Oliveira Marcatto1,
  4. Thadeu Alves Maximo3,
  5. Rosilu Ferreira Barbosa1,
  6. Ana Cristina Simões e Silva3
  1. 1Departments of Anesthesiology and Neonatology of the Lifecenter Hospital, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  2. 2Department of Surgery of the Medical Faculty from Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  3. 3Department of Pediatrics of the Medical Faculty from Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Yerkes Pereira e Silva
    Rua Montevideu, 402—Apartment 402, Sion, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil; yerkesps{at}uol.com.br

Abstract

A double-blind, randomised controlled study was conducted to evaluate the intubation conditions in 20 preterm neonates following the use of either morphine or remifentanil as premedication. The findings suggest that the overall intubation conditions were significantly better (p = 0.0034) in the remifentanil group than in the morphine group. No severe complications were observed in either group.

  • NICU, neonatal intensive care unit
  • NIPS, neonatal infant pain scale
  • RDS, respiratory distress syndrome
  • intubation
  • preterm neonate
  • remifentanil
  • morphine
  • pain

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Footnotes

  • Published Online First 30 October 2006

  • Competing interests: None.

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