About APTS


baby feet 1 free 5991262472440.jpgWhat is APTS?

What are the study procedures? 

What are we trying to find out?

How many babies are taking part? 

Coordination, Sponsorship and Funding

 

What is APTS?

The Australian Placental Transfusion Study will enrol women who will give birth to babies born less than 30 weeks of gestation. These participants will be randomly assigned to either standard treatment where the umbilical cord is clamped within 10 seconds of birth or a second method where the umbilical cord will be clamped after waiting for 60 seconds or more at birth while the baby is being held below the level of the placenta. Waiting for 60 seconds is called placental transfusion.

  

What are the study procedures? 

The two arms of the trial comprise:

(a) early cord clamping within 10 seconds (which is the control arm)

(b) deferred cord clamping (for 60 seconds or more)

 

What are we trying to find out?

The main research question is whether placental transfusion reduces death and disability when the baby is discharged from hospital and into childhood.

 

How many babies are taking part? 

Current Recruitment total: 1098

Recruitment target: 1600

  

Coordination, Sponsorship and Funding 

This multi-centre trial is coordinated by the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (NHMRC CTC), University of Sydney and is sponsored by the University of Sydney. Funding is provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

 

ANZCTR registration number: ACTRN12610000633088

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Participating sites

APTS is a multicentre 2-arm parallel open label randomised controlled trial, a list of participating sites is below.

Australia

  • Canberra Hospital, ACT
  • Flinders Medical Centre, Vic
  • John Hunter Children's Hospital, NSW
  • King Edward Memorial, WA
  • Liverpool Hospital, NSW
  • Mater Mother's, Qld
  • Mercy Hospital Melbourne, Vic
  • Monash Medical Centre, Vic
  • Nepean Hospital, NSW
  • Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Qld
  • Royal Hospital for Women, NSW
  • Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW
  • RPA Women and Babies, NSW
  • Townsville Hospital, Qld
 
International
  • Waikato, New Zealand 
  • Christchurch, New Zealand 
  • Auckland, New Zealand 
  • Dunedin, New Zealand 
  • Wellington, New Zealand 
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital, Northern Ireland
  • Craigavon Hospital, Northern Ireland
  • Aga Khan Uni Hospital, Pakistan

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