Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

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Keywords
umbilical central line; umbilical arterial catheter; umbilical venous catheter; ultrasound-guided insertion of a central line; functional echocardiography
Key points
  1. Direct visualisation of the umbilical catheter by ultrasound is one of the best modalities for adjusting a UVC and UAC.
  2. This method can save time needed to help transition a critically ill neonate.
  3. Ultrasound-guided insertion of a UVC or UAC requires fewer X-rays (hence radiation) and less manipulation and handling of the neonate, helping to maintain temperature and reduce the risk of infection.