PMID: 1993961Feb 1, 1991Paper

Decreased mortality rate among small premature infants treated at birth with a single dose of synthetic surfactant: a multicenter controlled trial. American Exosurf Pediatric Study Group 1

The Journal of Pediatrics
A J CorbetW Long


To determine whether a single prophylactic dose of synthetic surfactant would reduce mortality and morbidity rates, we performed a randomized, controlled trial of Exosurf Neonatal at 19 hospitals in the United States. The Exosurf preparation (5 ml/kg) was instilled into the endotracheal tube of premature infants weighing 700 to 1100 gm during mechanical ventilation, as soon as practical after birth. Control infants were treated with air (5 ml/kg). Dose administration was performed in secrecy by clinicians who did not reveal for 2 years what they had instilled. A total of 222 infants received air and 224 received the synthetic surfactant; 36 infants with congenital pneumonia or malformations were excluded from the primary efficacy analysis. By the age of 28 days, there were 44 deaths in the air group and 27 deaths in the surfactant group (p = 0.022). By the age of 1 year after term there were 61 deaths in the air group and 35 deaths in the surfactant group (p = 0.002). Although there was no reduction in the incidence of respiratory distress syndrome, a significant reduction in the number of deaths attributed to respiratory distress syndrome, a significant reduction in the incidence of pulmonary air leaks, and significantly lower...Continue Reading


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