Insertion of Umbilical Catheter
(Umbilical Line Insertion)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Remove blood for testing
- Monitor blood pressure
- Deliver nutrients or medication
- 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
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- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 00/93/2013 -
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