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Umbilical venous catheter (UVC) insertion is a common invasive procedure. Multiple complications associated with UVCs are described,1 though their relative incidence is unknown. In 2013, 8746 UVCs were inserted in 164 English neonatal intensive care units comprising a total of 37 100 line days (NDAU, unpublished data).
In 2014, two deaths related to UVC extravasation were notified to the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) and the National Health Service (NHS) National Reporting and Learning System. Both involved parenteral nutrition (PN) infusion via low-lying UVCs, that is, catheter tips located below the position presently considered ideal (the inferior vena cava–right atrial junction, approximately T8-9 level).1 These cases prompted the present survey.
We designed a web-based survey to determine current practices relating …
Contributors PC conceived the idea for the study and designed the questionnaire with MU and AS. MU conducted the survey. All authors analysed the data, contributed to manuscript drafting and approve the final version. MU is guarantor.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.