Vascular catheter-related complications in newborns
Version of Record online: 29 DEC 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2010 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 48, Issue 2, pages E91–E95, February 2012
How to Cite
Wu, J. and Mu, D. (2012), Vascular catheter-related complications in newborns. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48: E91–E95. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01934.x
- Issue online: 9 FEB 2012
- Version of Record online: 29 DEC 2010
- Accepted for publication 17 June 2010.
- vascular catheter
Babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have more frequent invasive procedures such as heel prick samples for gases, bilirubin levels or if ventilated suction down the endotracheal tube is more frequent and still invasive. Central and peripheral vascular catheters are essential to serve many important functions for sick neonates. However, there is growing recognition of potential risks, such as infection, thrombosis, vasospasm, phlebitis, infiltration and so on, associated with their use. Based on current evidence, this paper reviews the common complications of vascular catheters and their corresponding preventive or treatment approaches in newborns.