Long, thin, plastic tubes that travel from the stump of a newborn baby’s umbilical cord into the large vessels near the heart. They may travel through the umbilical vein (umbilical vein catheter or UVC) or through one of the two umbilical arteries (umbilical artery catheter or UAC).
Once placed, umbilical artery catheters can be used to painlessly draw blood from a baby or to continuously monitor a baby’s blood pressure. Umbilical vein catheters can deliver fluid or medications to a baby without the need for repeated peripheral IV placements.
Also Known As: UACs, UVCs, umbilical lines, belly lines
She had umbilical catheters inserted so the nurses could monitor her blood pressure and give her fluids.