Title

The Length of Gomco Clamp Timing and Its Effect on Bleeding.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2021

Publication Title

Hospital Pediatrics

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Bleeding is the most common complication of circumcisions in newborns. Gomco clamps are used to perform neonatal circumcisions. Although a clamp time of 5 minutes is recommended, there is no evidence to support this recommendation.

METHODS: Circumcisions performed by attending physicians from the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at an academic children's hospital were split into 2 groups. Group 1 had a clamp time of 5 minutes. Group 2 did not have a clamp time minimum. Nursing staff examined for bleeding at intervals of 15- and 30-minutes' postprocedure. Bleeding was determined to be significant if pressure and/or a microfibrillar collagen hemostat agent was applied.

RESULTS: The study sample contained 23 physicians who saw a total of 1252 patients: 13 physicians (647 patients) in group 1 and 10 physicians (605 patients) in group 2. The average clamp time in group 2 was 2 minutes, 5 seconds. The estimated percentage of circumcisions that required microfibrillar collagen hemostat application was 5.1% (95% confidence interval [CI], 3.1-8.1) for group 1 and 5.6% (95% CI: 3.5-8.8]) for group 2. Circumcisions that had pressure applied were estimated to be 0.6% (95% CI: 0.2-1.7) for group 1 and 1.3% (95% CI: 0.5-3.1) for group 2. The difference between groups, in both categories, was not statistically significant.

CONCLUSIONS: In this prospective study we evaluated clamp time duration and bleeding outcomes for neonatal circumcision. Clamp time does not appear to have an association with bleeding risk. Providers need not maintain a 5-minute clamp time to decrease postprocedural bleeding.

Volume

11

Issue

9

First Page

1003

Last Page

1010

DOI

10.1542/hpeds.2020-003574

ISSN

2154-1671

PubMed ID

34433622

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