Use of Midline Catheters in Low Birth Weight Infants

Eric Lesser, Rakesh Chhabra, Luc P. Brion, Bangalore R. Suresh

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Prolonged intravenous access is an important consideration in the treatment of premature neonates. Because peripheral intravenous catheters have short dwell times, centrally positioned percutaneous catheters have been used increasingly in neonatal intensive care. Midline catheters are peripherally inserted long catheters advanced only to the proximal portion of a limb or to the neck, with the tip remaining outside the thoracic and abdominal cavities. Midline catheters were placed with use of an innovative technique via a 24-gauge Angiocath catheter (Becton Dickinson, Sandy, Utah). This study compared dwell time and reason for removal of midline catheters with respective data for peripheral intravenous catheters. Dwell time was found to be 9.0 ± 1.4 days for the midline catheters versus 3.1 ± 0.5 days for peripheral intravenous catheters placed in the same patients (p < 0.05). No significant complications occurred with the use of midline catheters. These data suggest that midline catheters may be useful in neonates who require a limited duration of intravenous therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-207
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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