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Reducing umbilical catheter migration rates by using a novel securement device.

OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the effectiveness of a novel device, LifeBubble, in reducing umbilical cord catheter (UC) migration and associated complications in neonates.

STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review was performed at Oregon Health & Science University's NICU (2019-2021) to compare standard adhesive securement with LifeBubble. The primary outcomes were UC migration, discontinuation due to malposition, and CLABSI incidence. Differences between groups were statistically analyzed and logistic regression used to adjust for potential confounders.

RESULTS: Among 118 neonates (57 LifeBubble, 61 adhesive), LifeBubble significantly reduced migration of any UC > 1 vertebral body (12.3% vs. 55.7%), including UVC migration (5.3% vs. 39.3%) and UAC migration (7.0% vs 23.0%), as well as UVC discontinuation due to malposition (5.6% vs 37.7%). The number needed to treat (NNT) to prevent one instance of UVC discontinuation is 4.

CONCLUSION: LifeBubble effectively reduces UC migration and premature discontinuation, indicating its potential to enhance neonatal care and safety.

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