NeoCLEAR: Understanding the best technique for lumbar puncture in newborn babies
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, recruitment to NeoCLEAR was paused on 18th March 2020. Recruitment has since restarted at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, and Medway Maritime Hospital.
NeoCLEAR: Neonatal Champagne Lumbar punctures Every time – An RCT is a multicentre, randomised controlled trial to investigate techniques to increase lumbar puncture success in newborn babies. Lumbar puncture is a procedure performed to diagnose meningitis or another neurological condition, and sometimes as treatment for certain neurological problems. The main aim of the NeoCLEAR trial is to understand if there is a best technique for achieving a successful lumbar puncture in newborn babies, ‘best’ being defined as the technique which produces the clearest sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the fewest possible number of attempts.