Central Venous Pressure (CVP) Monitoring
A special long plastic tube (IV catheter) is placed by a doctor into a large vein in your child's neck, chest or groin. A newborn baby often has this tube placed into veins in his/her belly button or umbilical cord. This tube is attached to a monitor for measuring how much pressure there is in the large veins connected to the heart.
Central venous pressure (CVP) tells the doctors and nurses how well your child’s heart is working and how to adjust your child’s fluid balance. It can also be used to give special fluids and medicines. When the tube is no longer needed, it can easily be removed.
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