Umbilical Catheterization

Umbilical catheterization is the procedure in which a thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into a vein or artery in a newborn’s umbilical cord.

  1. To draw blood frequently to be tested without causing additional pain to the baby
  2. To administer intravenous fluids, nutrition, and high-concentration medication
  3. To carry out a blood transfusion
  4. To monitor a baby’s blood pressure
No special preparation is necessary. The procedure will be carried out while the child is positioned on a warming bed. Their vital signs will be monitored throughout the procedure. There is no need to avoid milk or water before the procedure.
  1. The procedure will be done in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by a neonatologist in a sterile environment and using sterile equipment.
  2. An x-ray will be done to ensure the catheter is in the correct location.
  3. The catheter will be removed when it is no longer needed, usually within two weeks of it being put in place.
The nurse will clean around the area twice a day with Betadine and observe it for any problems.
  • Infection
  • Thromboembolism
  • Blood loss
  • Vascular Perforation
You can travel normally. Your health will not be affected.
The catheter is in the right location and can be used as needed.
What if this procedure is not performed?
The catheter may need to be placed elsewhere, such as in a large vein in the neck or groin.


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