December 1976

Double Stopcock Technique for Blood Sampling From Umbilical Artery Catheters

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(12):1322-1323. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120130028005

• Umbilical artery catheters have an established place in neonatal intensive care. A double stopcock technique is described for sampling blood from umbilical catheters. This method improves accuracy in blood withdrawal, avoids contamination of samples, and reduces blood loss to a minimum.

(Am J Dis Child 130:1322-1323, 1976)