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Clin Perinatol. 2005 Mar;32(1):141-56, vii.

Intravascular catheter complications in the neonatal intensive care unit.

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Department of Pediatrics, Dartmouth Medical School, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756-0001, USA. marcus.hermansen@snhmc.org

Abstract

Central and peripheral intravascular catheters serve many important functions for sick neonates; however, the use of these catheters also carries significant risk of permanent disability or even death. This article examines the risks of catheter-related thromboembolic events, vasospasm, and infection. The article also looks at risks that are specific to umbilical artery catheters, umbilical vein catheters, peripherally-inserted central catheters, peripheral artery catheters, and peripheral intravenous catheters. Specific recommendations are made to reduce the possibility of an intravascular catheter-related complication.

PMID:
15777826
DOI:
10.1016/j.clp.2004.11.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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