METHODS: This was a retrospective case series of 34 infants who had FVCs inserted using the modified Seldinger technique during a 4-year period.
AIM: Femoral venous catheters (FVCs) provide multilumen access in critically ill infants with difficult venous access. This study reports our experiences of using a modified Seldinger technique to insert FVCs in our neonatal unit.
CONCLUSIONS: Femoral venous catheter insertion using a modified Seldinger technique appeared to provide alternate and immediate central venous access in critically ill infants.
RESULTS: The median (range) post-natal age and weight at the time of insertion were 66 days (1-314) and 3080 g (865-8000). The FVC remained in situ for a median duration of 21 days (1-63). There were nine infants who died while the FVC remained in situ. The FVCs were removed from four infants due to complications. In three cases, they became dislodged, and in one case, the line became blocked. In 16 infants, the FVC was removed when it was no longer required and one infant was transferred out of the unit with the FVC in situ. Transient venous congestion of the distal limb occurred in four infants. In one infant, the FVC was accidently placed in the femoral artery and removed without complications.
- Central venous access
- Critically ill infants
- Femoral venous catheters
- Modified Seldinger technique