Non ‐reassuring results in agreement trial comparing glass and plastic capillary tubes for neonatal blood gas sampling

AbstractAimTo determine agreement between neonatal capillary blood gases taken with plastic and glass tubes.MethodsAn agreement study was carried out in a regional tertiary neonatal unit. Inpatient babies ≥ 1 Kg were recruited to the study when parents gave consent. After taking the routine glass capillary tube sample, a plastic tube sample was taken and run if the heel continued to bleed. Successful sample pairs were recorded and analysed against pre‐defined acceptable differences. Assessment wa s also made of differences in failure rates between tube types for each parameter.ResultsTwenty ‐eight babies provided 135 blood gas pairs, of which five pairs were excluded. Successful pairing of results was achieved for pH in 105 valid samples. There were more failed plastic samples than glass, reaching significance for almost all parameters. pH, pO2 and pCO2 showed poor agreement (
Source: Acta Paediatrica - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Regular Article Source Type: research

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