Clinical Trial: Measures to Lower the Stress Response in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Study Status: Completed
Recruit Status: Completed
Study Type: Interventional

Official Title: Stress Response in Children Undergoing Cardiac Surgery: a Prospective Randomized Comparison Between Low Dose Fentanyl, Low Dose Fentanyl Plus Dexmedetomidine and High Dose Fentanyl.

Brief Summary: Cardiac surgery induces a measurable stress response in patients which leads to increased morbidity and mortality post-operatively. Through clinical observation, anesthesiologists have determined that varying the combinations of anesthesia drugs used during surgery and just after reduces the stress response, and by extension, morbidity and mortality. However, only a few studies have explored this phenomenon scientifically.