This is a prospective observational study conducted by neonatologists in neonatal intensive care unit from Sant’Anna and San Sebastiano Hospital, Caserta, Italy. The objective of the study is to verify the feasibility of intracavitary electrocardiography method for tip location of central venous access device in infants of less than 5 kg and evaluate the accuracy of the method in comparison with post-procedural echocardiographical verification of the tip position.
The conclusion of this study is that the intracavitary electrocardiography method for tip location of central venous access device is safe and accurate in infants, as demonstrated by post-procedural comparative echocardiographic controls. As an alternative to echocardiography, not always achievable, the diffusion of intracavitary electrocardiography method could reduce X-ray exposition and complications of a malpositioned tip.

Authors: Rossella Mastroianni, Antonella Capasso and Gaetano Ausanio
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Sant’Anna and San Sebastiano Hospital, Caserta, Italy

Corresponding author: Gaetano Ausanio, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Sant’Anna and San Sebastiano Hospital, Via F. Palasciano, 81100 Caserta, Italy. Email: ausanio1961@libero.it

The Journal of Vascular Access