Rachel S Garner

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States

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Publications (2)6.21 Total impact

  • Rachel S Garner, David J Burchfield
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    ABSTRACT: CONTEXT: Previous studies have correlated poor neurological outcomes with hypotension. Treatment of hypotension in very low birthweight (VLBW) infants is common, and most often is based solely on the blood pressure measurement. Whether treatment improves cerebral oxygenation is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To determine if treatment of hypotension in VLBW neonates results in an increase in cerebral oxygenation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this single centre observational study, neonates <30 weeks and <1500 grams, blood pressure and regional cerebral oximetry (rCSO2) with near infrared spectroscopy were continuously monitored and digitally recorded. If patients were treated for hypotension during the first 3 days of life, effects of treatment on blood pressure and regional cerebral saturation were determined. RESULTS: Twenty-eight of 50 patients were treated by the medical team for hypotension, of which 22 had accurate data recorded for analysis. Both normal saline 10 ml/kg, and dopamine 2.5-5 mcg/kg per min significantly increased blood pressure, (saline 26.8±3.5 to 28.8±4.2 mm Hg, p<0.005; dopamine 27.6±1.9 to 29.5±3.2 mm Hg, p<0.02). Pre-treatment values of rCSO2 were similar to published normative values and treatment with either normal saline or dopamine had no effect on rCSO2. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that treating hypotension in VLBW neonates based solely on a blood pressure measurement of less than 30 mm Hg, while increasing blood pressure, may not increase cerebral oxygenation, possibly because many of these patients are in the autoregulatory zone for cerebral blood flow.
    Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition 07/2012; 98(2). DOI:10.1136/archdischild-2011-301488 · 3.86 Impact Factor
  • R S Garner, C Miller, D J Burchfield
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    ABSTRACT: Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) occurs in up to 25% of very low birth weight (VLBW) preterm neonates. Previous studies found that indomethacin administered in the first 6 h of life reduces the incidence of severe IVH in VLBW neonates and decreases cerebral blood flow, suggesting a decrease in cerebral oxygen delivery. Using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), we monitored cerebral oxygenation before, during and after slow indomethacin infusion in extremely low birth weight (ELBW) neonates to determine whether indomethacin decreases cerebral oxygen saturation and increases cerebral oxygen extraction. Twenty-seven ELBW neonates less than 30 weeks gestational age treated with indomethacin for IVH prophylaxis were monitored for arterial oxygen saturation (SaO(2)) and NIRS-determined regional cerebral oxygen saturation (rSO(2)). At 30 to 60 s intervals, SaO(2), rSO(2) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) were recorded using a VitalSync. Average fractional cerebral oxygen extraction was calculated for the hour before indomethacin infusion, during the infusion and 2 h after infusion. Fractional cerebral oxygen extraction increased from baseline after indomethacin administration from 0.23±0.11 to 0.25±0.10 (P=0.034). Fractional cerebral oxygen extraction increased 9% with indomethacin 0.1 mg kg(-1) given over 1 to 2 h. However, the clinical implications of this small increase in extraction, likely representative of decreased cerebral perfusion, are unknown but may be harmful to the developing brain.
    Journal of perinatology: official journal of the California Perinatal Association 01/2012; 32(9):695-8. DOI:10.1038/jp.2011.175 · 2.35 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

9 Citations
6.21 Total Impact Points


  • 2012
    • University of Florida
      • Department of Pediatrics
      Gainesville, Florida, United States
    • The University of Arizona
      • Department of Pediatrics
      Tucson, Arizona, United States