The Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at Riley Hospital for Children and IU Health Methodist Hospital are putting visitor restrictions in place starting Monday, Nov. 18th. Only visits by parents plus four designated adults identified by the parents will be allowed on the NICU floor.
Siblings and children under 18 will not be permitted. These restrictions minimize risk of infection to patients already at risk and will be in place through spring 2020.
Venous access is an interventional radiology procedure that allows your child's healthcare team to administer medicine or other fluids through an IV line, eliminating the need for frequent needle punctures.
This procedure requires placing a catheter (small tube) in a vein—typically in your child's arm. There are different types of catheters. Some may be used for a few days while others may remain in place for weeks or months. Types of catheters used for venous access include:
Venous access may be an inpatient or outpatient procedure. The process includes the following steps:
Sometimes a child may experience bleeding or swelling where the interventional radiologist inserted the central line. Rarely, infection can happen, which is treated with antibiotics. Any catheter can cause irregular heartbeat if it is placed too close to the heart. This problem can be corrected by repositioning the catheter.
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