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.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology
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