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Umbilical vein catheterisation for the family physician working in primary health care

Indiran Govender, Henry I. Okonta, Olukayode Adeleke, Selvandran Rangiah
South African Family Practice | Vol 66, No 1 : Part 1| a5797 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v66i1.5797 | © 2024 Indiran Govender, Henry I. Okonta, Olukayode Adeleke, Selvandran Rangiah | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 July 2023 | Published: 30 January 2024

About the author(s)

Indiran Govender, Department Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, School of Medicine, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Pretoria, South Africa
Henry I. Okonta, Department Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, School of Medicine, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Pretoria, South Africa
Olukayode Adeleke, Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa
Selvandran Rangiah, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

This is part of a series of articles on vascular access in emergencies. The other two articles were on intra osseous lines and central venous lines. These are critical lifesaving emergency skills for the primary care professional. In this article, we will provide an overview of umbilical vein catheterisation highlighting its importance, the indications, contraindications, techniques, complications and nursing considerations. By familiarising healthcare providers with this procedure, we hope to enhance their knowledge and skills, ultimately leading to improved outcomes in the neonatal population.


Keywords

vascular access; umbilical vein; resuscitation; informed consent; emergency; air embolism

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