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Morphine versus remifentanil for intubating preterm neonates


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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