Caval catheterization in the intensive care nursery: a useful means for providing parenteral nutrition to the extremely low birth-weight infant.


Journal Article

We provided parenteral nutrition to 40 very low birth-weight premature infants (birth weight 815 +/- 17 grams, gestational age 27 +/- 2 weeks) with a superior vena cava catheter. To avoid the risk of transport, catheterization was performed under sterile conditions in the intensive care nursery. The central venous catheter facilitated administration of calories to sustain growth, especially in infants whose catheters remained in place for 3 weeks or longer. The overall incidence of catheter related sepsis was high (30%) but the majority of cases were due to Staphylococcus epidermidis and resolved without incident. Other complications of parenteral nutrition were minimal. This approach is a safe and effective means of providing nutrition to the very low birth-weight infant.

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Cited Authors

  • Ogata, ES; Schulman, S; Raffensperger, J; Luck, S; Rusnak, M

Published Date

  • June 1, 1984

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 258 - 262

PubMed ID

  • 6431073

Pubmed Central ID

  • 6431073

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1531-5037

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3468

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0022-3468(84)80181-5


  • eng