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Close-to-the-Heart Catheters Safer for Hospitalized Children - 03/18/2013

Close-to-the-Heart Catheters Safer for Hospitalized Children

Release Date: March 18, 2013

Location, location, location. A new Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study shows the real-estate mantra also holds true when it comes to choosing correct catheter placement in children.

The research findings, described online March 18 in JAMA Pediatrics, show that catheters in children inserted in a vessel in the arm or leg and not threaded into a large vein near the heart are nearly four times as likely to dislodge, cause vein inflammation or dangerous blood clots as are catheters advanced into major vessels near the heart.

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