UA/UV Placement

Specialties NICU


How long after delivery are you able to place a UA/UV line? Say you get a 3 day old term neonate that needs a central line, can you still use the umbilical artery?

NicuGal, MSN, RN

2,743 Posts

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU.

I have seen our NNP's get them in kids that were 5-6 days old! They chop off the cord , practically dig it out and then place the lines and pack it with gel foam. Three days should be okay, it should still be pretty moist.

Oooo! Sounds painful!:o

Mimi2RN, ASN, RN

1,142 Posts

Specializes in NICU.

I've seen our docs insert lines a week after delivery. I was told it's harder three days after than it is at a week. It's usually on a kid who is a horrible start and will be with us for another week or so, on IV meds. It gives the peripheral veins chance to heal.

How long do you guys keep UAC/UVC'S in?

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