Umbilical venous catheters are widely used in neonatal practice, therefore promoting safe use of such catheters to reduce complications remains a healthcare priority. This report will equip the reader with essential knowledge for successful catheter insertion and maintenance, which is key to better outcomes. Recent advances in safe localisation of catheter tip and the development of a red flag system will enhance the clinician’s ability to predict potential complications related to these catheters as they remain in situ.
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Contributors GR conceived the idea of the manuscript, CM performed the literature review, wrote the first draft and supported with processing of figures. RP revised the draft manuscript. All authors contributed equally to the writing up of the manuscript and approval of the final version. GR made further revisions to the manuscript and CM made further revisions of the images.
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