An umbilical catheter is a flexible tube that is inserted into a blood vessel in a newborn's umbilical cord. This tube provides a painless way of drawing arterial blood for testing and for giving medication, nutrition, and fluids through a vein.
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
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