Umbilical Vein Catheterization Periprocedural Care

Updated: Mar 08, 2022
  • Author: John P Magnan, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD, FACS  more...
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Periprocedural Care


Before the procedure is initiated, a radiant warmer should be obtained, and the patient should be connected to a cardiac monitor. Necessary equipment includes the following:

  • Personal protective equipment (ie, sterile gown, gloves, and mask)
  • Sterile drapes
  • Umbilical catheter, 3.5 or 5 French (see the images below)
  • Iris forceps without teeth
  • Small clamps
  • Scalpel
  • Scissors
  • Needle holder
  • Silk suture (3-0) or umbilical tape
  • IV tubing and three-way stopcock
Umbilical catheter (5 French). Note proximal attac Umbilical catheter (5 French). Note proximal attachment for stopcock.
Close-up of umbilical catheter. Close-up of umbilical catheter.

Patient Preparation

Umbilical vein catheterization typically requires no anesthesia. The newborn should be restrained in a supine position and placed beneath a radiant warmer.