Need venous access at birth

The indication to the umbilical venous catheter (UVC) is linked to criteria of severity and gestational age.

Indications for UVC positioning are for example the following:
- newborn with severe asphyxia
- gestational age equal to or less than 28 weeks;
- gestational age equal to or greater than 29 weeks, but with the need for assisted ventilation via orotracheal intubation, or hemodynamic instability, or the need for CPAP with FiO2> 40%, or difficulty in finding peripheral venous access.