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Positioning long lines: response to Reece et al
  1. I Bagchi,
  2. J A Nycyk,
  3. S Bodicoat
  1. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK;

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Percutaneously inserted central venous lines are widely used in neonatal intensive care to administer parenteral nutrition and medications.1 It is important to ascertain the position of the line tip before use as incorrectly positioned long lines can lead to life threatening complications like cardiac tamponade and pulmonary oedema.2,3

Reece et al suggested that it is prudent to use a routine contrast radiograph to localise the line tip in newborn infants.4 We would like to comment …

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