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Prophylactic antibiotics in umbilical artery catheterization in the newborn
  1. P. K. J. van Vliet,
  2. J. M. Gupta


    Over a period of 30 months, umbilical artery catheters were inserted in 229 infants. The main complications were haemorrhage, infection, and obstruction of a blood vessel. The incidence of infection was not affected by the use of prophylactic antibiotics. Vascular obstruction was more common in small infants, and in those in whom a catheter was reintroduced in the same blood vessel.

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    • * Work supported by a N.H. and M.R.C.Grant