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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 69

Dispute on delayed cord clamping

1 Department of Pediatrics, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication6-Jan-2016

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Manas Pratim Roy
Department of Pediatrics, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4847.173273

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We read with interest the research article on delayed cord clamping (DCC).[1] The authors did a commendable job by raising the controversial timing of cord clamping. However, there are certain queries.

  • The World Health Organization recommends cord clamping 1 – 3 minutes after birth (strong recommendation).[2] Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India also recommends delaying clamping by at least 30 – 40 seconds.[3] Therefore, the justification of clamping as early as 10 second after birth in the first group is not clear. Was it done to enhance difference between two groups?
  • [Table 3] suggests significant difference between the groups in mean respiratory rate at 1h and 12h, in terms of p value. But result section suggests otherwise.
  • Anemia estimation could have been done at a later date. Two previous studies cited in the article from India documented haemoglobin level three months after birth.[4],[5] A recent article also compared haemoglobin at six weeks of age.[6]
  • What type of regression was used in analysis? How did the authors assess fit of the model?
  • For hyperbilirubinemia, although p value is not significant, the rate of phototherapy required is more than twice (18.9%) in DCC group in comparison to ECC group (7.7%). This should be noted with caution.

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Krishnan L, Kommu PP, Thomas BJ, Akila B, Daniel M. Should delayed cord clamping be the standard of care in term low risk deliveries? A randomized controlled trial from a medical college hospital in South India. J Clin Neonatol 2015;4:183-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
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World Health Organization. WHO Recommendations for the Prevention and Treatment of Postpartum Haemorrhage. Italy: World Health Organization; 2012.  Back to cited text no. 2
Lalonde A. International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage in low-resource settings. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2012;117:108-18.  Back to cited text no. 3
Gupta R, Ramji S. Effect of delayed cord clamping on iron stores in infants born to anemic mothers: A randomized controlled trial. Indian Pediatr 2002;39:130-5.  Back to cited text no. 4
Geethanath RM, Ramji S, Thirupuram S, Rao YN. Effects of timing of cord clamping on the iron stores of infants at 3 months. Indian Pediatr 1997;34:103-6.  Back to cited text no. 5
Kumar B, Upadhyay A, Gothwal S, Jaiwal V, Joshi P, Dubey K. Umbilical cord milking and hematological parameters in moderate to late preterm neonates: A randomized control trial. Indian Pediatr. 2015;52:753-7.  Back to cited text no. 6


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