PICC insertion in preterm infants
Central lines, such as peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs), are essential to ensure safe delivery of drugs and concentrated parenteral nutrition to optimize treatment and postnatal growth in sick preterm and term infants. The advantage of central venous access has always to be weighed against the risk of complications, including infection, occlusion, infiltration, phlebitis and thrombosis, among others.
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