Original Investigations

European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 137, Issue 3, pp 283-284

Exchange transfusion in newborns via a peripheral artery and vein

  • F. SagiAffiliated withThe Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Hadassah University Hospital
  • , F. EyalAffiliated withThe Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Hadassah University Hospital
  • , Y. ArmonAffiliated withThe Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Hadassah University Hospital
  • , I. AradAffiliated withThe Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Hadassah University Hospital
  • , M. RobinsonAffiliated withThe Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Hadassah University Hospital

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Abstract

Exchange transfusion using a peripheral artery and vein was carried out 18 times in 17 newborn infants. The arteries used to withdraw blood were the radial [13], the ulnar [3] and the posterior tibial [2]. Infusion of blood was carried out simultaneously through a peripheral vein. There was no mortality or morbidity directly associated with the procedure. We recommend this technique for exchange transfusion in general, and especially in the very ill newborn.

Key words

Exchange transfusion Peripheral arteries Peripheral veins