Insertion of Umbilical Catheter
(Umbilical Line Insertion)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Remove blood for testing
- Monitor blood pressure
- Deliver nutrients or medicine
- Deliver or exchange blood
- Excess bleeding
- Infection in the blood
- Blood clots
- Blockage of blood flow to internal organs or legs
- Problems in the intestine such as necrotizing enterocolitis—if blood flow to intestines is blocked
- Misplacement of catheter
- Pulmonary embolism—blood clot in lung
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Washing hands and wearing gloves before touching the catheter.
- Cleaning the catheter area with an anesthetic.
- Keeping an eye out for signs of infection.
- Removing catheter as soon as possible.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection—fever and chills, redness or swelling at the umbilical area
- Pain in the umbilical area
- Pus around the stump
American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.aafp.org
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org
Canadian Family Physician http://www.cfpc.ca
Insertion of umbilical vessel catheters. University of Iowa Children’s Hospital website. Available at: http://www.uichildrens.org/childrens-content.aspx?id=234448 . Accessed December 17, 2012.
Neonatal umbilical vessel catheterrization. University of California San Francisco Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.ucsfmedicalcenter.org/medstaffoffice/Standardized%5FProcedures/Neonatal%20Umbilical%20Vessel%20Catheterization.pdf . Accessed December 17, 2012.
Umbilical venous catheterisation. Health Sydney Local Health District website. Available at: http://www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au . Accessed December 17, 2012.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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