Umbilical vessel catheterization

  1. Gather necessary equipment (5F feeding tube or umbilical catheter, scalpel, antiseptic solution, flush, umbilical tape or 0 silk suture/tie)
  2. Flush and prepar catheter (attaches needle-free cap)
  3. Clean area with antiseptic
  4. Trim cord to an appropriate length with scalpel
  5. Loosely tie cord at base with umbilical tape or suture
  6. Identify umbilical vein (mouth of the “face”)
  7. Insert catheter just enough to get blood return (4-5 cm)
  8. Snug the umbilical tape/tie
  9. Flush the catheter
  10. Secure the catheter