Complications of vascular catheterization in critically ill children

D. L. Smith-Wright, T. P. Green, J. E. Lock, M. I. Egar, B. P. Fuhrman

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Invasive hemodynamic monitoring is widely used in the care of critically ill children. In a prospective study, a total of 330 arterial catheters, 397 central venous catheters, and 47 pulmonary artery catheters were placed in 467 children, between February 1981 and September 1982. Complications observed included: bleeding in seven of 774 vascular catheterizations, arterial obstruction in three of 377 arterial catheterizations, and sepsis in 11 of 774 vascular catheterizations. Of the 21 complications noted, 71% occurred in children less than 5 yr of age. A total of 19 (4.1%) children suffered complications of bleeding, arterial obstruction, and/or sepsis. In contrast, the overall mortality in this group of patients was 16%. The risk of morbidity from vascular catheterization appeared justified in this group of critically ill children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1015-1017
Number of pages3
JournalCritical Care Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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