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Skin conductance and the stress response from heel stick in preterm infants.
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PMID:  10952711     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To evaluate whether spontaneous skin conductance activity is an objective method for measuring the stress response to painful stimuli in premature infants. The number and amplitude of the waves and the baseline increase with the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. METHODS: In 20 preterm infants of gestational age >/= 29 weeks, behavioural state and spontaneous skin conductance activity variables were measured for three minutes before, during, and for three minutes after heel stick. RESULTS: The number of waves (p < 0.001), the amplitude of the waves (p = 0.001), and the level of the behavioural state (p < 0.001) increased during heel stick, and then decreased to levels found before the procedure. The baseline increased both during (p < 0.001) and after heel stick (p < 0.001), compared with levels before. CONCLUSION: Spontaneous skin conductance activity reflects the stress response to heel stick in premature infants from at least 29 weeks of gestational age.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood. Fetal and neonatal edition     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1359-2998     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child. Fetal Neonatal Ed.     Publication Date:  2000 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-09-28     Completed Date:  2000-09-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9501297     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  F143-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Paediatric Research and Section on Neonatalogy, Department of Paediatrics, The National Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Galvanic Skin Response / physiology*
Gestational Age
Infant Behavior / physiology
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / physiology*
Pain / physiopathology*
Predictive Value of Tests
Stress, Physiological / physiopathology*

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