Published Dec 22, 2003
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
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.
dawngloves, BSN, RN
Oooo! Sounds painful!
Mimi2RN, ASN, RN
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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